Rice negotiations reach impasse

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Declan Rice is still yet to sign a new contract at West Ham, despite being made a "take it or leave it" offer by the club.

The 19-year-old's future remains very much in the balance despite West Ham United having increased their previous contract offer and having told the youngster that should he fail to agree, all further negotiations will be postponed until the end of the season.

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Although the player himself is happy at the club and willing to tie up any loose ends, Rice's representatives - led by Neil Fewing of the WMG Agency - are understood to be pushing for a far more lucrative deal.

Whilst West Ham are offering a basic salary worth in the region of ?21,000 per week, Rice's agents are asking for around ?35,000 per week basic - nearly double the figure tabled by the club, whose offer includes several clauses.

The club recently registered a complaint with Talksport after presenter Danny Murphy - who KUMB revealed shares an agent with Rice - insisted that West Ham should stop dragging their heels and make the Irish international a offer in line with his demands.

As well as failing to agree terms with the Hammers regarding a new contract, Rice has also been omitted from Martin O'Neill's latest international squad following the revelation that he had been courted by England.

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