West Ham ‘more likely’ to agree terms with £31.5m star at London Stadium

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West Ham United are ‘more likely’ to tie Jarrod Bowen down to a new London Stadium contract than agree fresh terms with fellow fans’ favourite Declan Rice, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Hammers have qualified for European football for a second consecutive season and, following another successful campaign, boss David Moyes will be keen to keep his star men in east London.

What’s the latest news involving Bowen?

It is understood that West Ham are looking to tie Bowen down to a new long-term deal ahead of next season.

The winger, who cost the Hammers £22million when he joined from Championship side Hull City in January 2020, still has more than three years remaining on his current agreement.

But the Hammers want to reward Bowen by tabling a contract worth double his £60,000-per-week wage package.

It comes after playing a key role in West Ham’s success this season, with him registering 31 goal involvements, leading to ‘genuine’ interest from Liverpool.

The 25-year-old, who is valued at £31.5million by Transfermarkt, has become the first Hammers star to break into double figures for goals and assists in a single Premier League campaign since Paolo Di Canio.

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What has Dean Jones said about Bowen?

Jones believes West Ham will have more luck when it comes to entering contract negotiations with Bowen than they had with Rice.

The transfer insider also understands the Hammers are aware that there are admirers of the wide-man ahead of the summer window opening for business next month.

The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he would be more likely to sign than Declan Rice because Declan Rice isn’t going to sign a new contract.

“West Ham also know that there is early interest in Jarrod Bowen. Even if he doesn’t go this year, then next year it will probably all be about him.”

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How have contract negotiations been going with Rice?

Rice hit the headlines after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed the central midfielder had rejected a third contract offer from West Ham, leading to uncertainty over his future.

Although the 23-year-old is valued at £67.5million by Transfermarkt, the Hammers have attempted to deter potential bidders by slapping a £150million price tag on their prised asset.

They have also responded by tabling a fresh eight-year contract offer worth £200,000-per-week, but Rice has yet to sign on the dotted line.

Manchester City and Manchester United are known to be mulling over whether to test the east Londoners’ resolve.

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