West Ham: 186-game London Stadium favourite 'more open to exit than ever'

West Ham United are at serious risk of seeing Declan Rice depart the London Stadium because he is ‘more open than ever’ to a Hammers exit heading into the summer window, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Rice has been on the east Londoners’ books since he was released by Chelsea at the age of 14, but there are question marks over whether he will still be at the club come the start of next season.

What’s the latest news involving Rice?

According to 90min, Manchester United are prepared to break their transfer record in order to land Rice.

The report suggests the 29-cap England international and his representatives have made it clear to West Ham that they feel this year is the right time for him to move on from the London Stadium and the Red Devils are keen to make him their marquee signing of the summer.

However, Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to retain Rice’s services and, as a result, has insisted Rice will not be sold for less than £150million amid additional interest from former employers Chelsea.

While Rice has never agitated for a move, the central midfielder would reportedly prefer to head to Stamford Bridge if he were to secure a switch away from West Ham.

Three-time Premier League champion Yaya Toure has urged Rice to join a club competing in the Champions League in order to take his career to the next level.

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What has Dean Jones said about Rice?

Jones believes Rice is keen to move onto pastures new when the transfer window reopens for business in the summer.

The journalist feels the 23-year-old’s intentions to leave West Ham could play into the hands of interested parties.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I think that any buying club might be helped by the fact that Declan Rice, from what I’m hearing, does seem more open than ever about the idea of leaving West Ham. That could be interesting.”

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What is Rice’s contract situation?

Rice’s £62,000-per-week contract is scheduled to expire in the summer of 2024, but West Ham also hold the option to extend the agreement by 12 months, meaning they are in a strong negotiating position.

However, Rice rejected two offers of a new deal last summer, meaning the Hammers could face a serious challenge in trying to persuade him to commit his long-term future to the club by eventually agreeing fresh terms.

Seeing the central midfielder depart would come as a major blow to Moyes, with him already racking up 186 appearances despite still being in the early stages of his career.

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