Rice has been on the east Londoners’ books since the age of 14, but David Moyes’ charges are eager to tie him down to a fresh long-term deal ahead of the summer window opening for business.
What’s the latest news involving Rice?
According to talkSPORT, West Ham have offered Rice a new eight-year contract worth £200,000-per-week.
The report suggests the Hammers are ’99 per cent’ certain that the 29-cap England international will still be at the London Stadium by the time the upcoming transfer window slams shut and the proposal, which could be extended by a further 24 months if wanted, would rise to match inflation.
Should Rice sign on the dotted line, it would be a record-breaking moment for West Ham as he would become the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
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What has Dean Jones said about Rice?
Jones does not believe Rice will be interested in penning an eight-year contract as it would impact on his chances of sealing a big-money move away from West Ham.
Hammers boss Moyes has insisted Rice will not be sold for less than £150million and Jones feels the pay package the east Londoners are offering pales into insignificance when compared to what he could earn by sealing a switch away.
The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “An eight-year contract is the last thing he will want right now – he’d be trapped on a price tag that he will never escape from. He’d be the new Harry Kane in that sense.
“It wouldn’t make any sense at all. The wage isn’t even as much as he’d earn elsewhere right now.”
Which clubs are looking to sign Rice amid the uncertainty?
It is understood that Rice features high on incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s list of summer targets.
The Red Devils are facing competition from rivals Manchester City, who are seeking a replacement for Fernandinho.
However, it is thought that Rice would prefer to head back to former club Chelsea if he were to leave West Ham.