West Ham are reportedly offering Declan Rice a new deal to fend off strong interest from Chelsea and Man United, with the Hammers using the funds freed up by Felipe Anderson’s departure to tie up their star man.
Brazilian flop Anderson, 28, hit Lazio on Wednesday as he draws closer to a return to his former team, having joined Italy’s West Ham in 2018 on a four-year contract for a whopping $ 42. million pounds sterling.
Anderson failed to deliver to East London and the Hammers have accepted a £ 5million offer from Lazio for the striker, which is a huge loss of £ 37million.
West Ham reportedly prepare to offer Declan Rice another exceptional contract extension
The 22-year-old had his best campaign for the Hammers as they finished sixth
However, according to The Sun, Anderson’s exit will free up vital funds to help secure midfielder Rice’s future.
The 22-year-old played for England in their impressive Euro 2020 campaign and his exceptional performances for the Three Lions have therefore placed added importance on the midfielder’s dedication to extended terms.
Rice has already turned down two new exceptional West Ham offers, but the approximate £ 100,000 weekly salary recouped from the Anderson sale could help secure a deal on the line.
Rice played for England as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions reached Euro 2020 final
The Englishman has three more years on his current contract, with an option of a fourth, and West Ham boss David Moyes has previously said his star man is worth more than £ 100million.
“I disagree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £ 100million footballer. Well, well over £ 100million. Much more, ”he told Sky Sports in March.
“I look at the players who have joined some overseas clubs and who have come a long way from having the impact that Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide what number you want to put there, but I wouldn’t sanction anything like that, that’s for sure.
And Felipe Anderson’s impending departure will free up £ 100,000 per week’s salary
Rice’s performances sparked interest from Chelsea and Manchester United
Rice is a long-term target for Chelsea and United, with former Blues boss Frank Lampard a big admirer of the 22-year-old, while the Red Devils are looking for a new defensive midfielder.
The Hammers enjoyed one of their best high-flying campaigns of all time in 2020-21, with Moyes guiding Londoners to sixth place in a remarkable achievement after avoiding relegation the previous season.
Moyes has moved away from the mega-money signings of previous eras and his savvy use of the transfer market – bringing in Tomas Soucek, Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson – has given Hammers fans optimism for the future.