West Ham: Declan Rice could 'change his thinking' over London Stadium exit

West Ham United could persuade Declan Rice to sign a new contract and remain at the London Stadium by getting their hands on the Europa League trophy, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

Having entered the final month of the season, there is uncertainty over whether the central midfielder will still be on the Hammers’ books by the time the 2022/23 campaign gets underway.

What’s the latest news involving Rice?

Rice’s contract – worth £62,000-per-week – may still have more than two years remaining and West Ham also hold an option of extending the agreement by 12 months, but doubt has started to creep in over whether he has a long-term future in east London.

That is because transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Rice has turned down a third contract offer from his current employers and is open to moving onto pastures new when the summer window opens for business.

West Ham boss David Moyes has attempted to deter suitors by slapping a £150million price tag on the 23-year-old, but it appears a number of Premier League clubs remain interested in potentially striking a deal.

It is understood that Rice features high on Erik ten Hag’s list of targets ahead of taking charge of Manchester United at the end of the season.

Manchester City are also mulling over whether to make a move as they look to replace Fernandinho, but it was previously reported that Rice would prefer to rejoin former club Chelsea if he were to leave West Ham.

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What has Paul Brown said about Rice?

Brown believes Rice has only set his sights on leaving West Ham because he is keen to challenge for silverware on a regular basis.

However, the journalist feels Europa League glory could convince the 29-cap England international to commit his future to the Hammers.

Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “We don’t know yet how desperate Rice is to get out of West Ham. Moyes said this could be a negotiating tactic just because he wants more money.

“He has been offered more money by West Ham and it’s clear that he’s ambitious and wants to win things too.

“West Ham could still win things this season. That might change his thinking.”

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Are West Ham likely to win the Europa League?

West Ham will go into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final with a 2-1 deficit to overcome against Eintracht Frankfurt, but the Hammers have already shown they are capable of registering eye-catching results in the competition.

Moyes’ charges have seen off Sevilla despite losing the first leg and recorded a sensational 3-0 win in Lyon to book their place in the last four, so they will still be confident of booking their place in the final.

Should the east Londoners overcome Eintracht Frankfurt, they will fancy their chances against the winners of the tie involving RB Leipzig and Rangers.

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