Declan Rice has rejected two contract offers from West Ham as they fall well short of matching the top earners at the club, according to reports in England.
If the Hammers are to keep the 22-year-old away from the clutches of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, it is believed they will need to give him a substantial wage rise.
Supporters on Twitter are calling on the club to match Rice’s demands as they feel his performances justify him being rewarded with a lucrative new contract:
Offer him what he wants @WestHam
— C⚒ (@consmith26) July 1, 2021
Insulting. Should be the best paid player at the club. We’ve shaved about £600k a week off the wage bill last few years. @davidgold and Sullivan make me sick
— Iron85 (@irons85858585) July 1, 2021
There should be no debating with this, make him highest earner and add potential bonuses if he stays with us for several more years to encourage him to stay and show him how highly we rate him
— Harry (@waterman_harry) July 1, 2021
The way this club is run is so amateurish. Will they ever learn and do anything right? He should be the top earner at the club by some distance, not be offered new contracts, still less than Yarmolenko. If he left, I would wish him all the best.
— Darrell Roberts (@darrell210474) July 1, 2021
Deserves 150k a week minimum
— Christian Stevens ⚒ (@CStevens2109) July 1, 2021
That’s fair enough imo. So pay him more
— Leo ⚒️ (@____DeclanRice) July 1, 2021
Needs to be the highest paid at the club. Simple
— Cam (@CamDizL) July 1, 2021
then good for him. Deserves to be our highest-paid player. Should be building a team round him
— GameRiot (@GameRiotArmy) July 1, 2021
Please say there’s a fresh offer coming in ?
— Hectormarshall (@hectormar7) July 1, 2021
There have been conflicting messages from journalists, with some claiming that Rice does want to move to a club playing in the Champions League, while others say he won’t force an exit from the London Stadium.
What matters most, though, is whether West Ham receive a bid close to their £100m asking price. At this stage, though, they have received no official offers from interested teams.