West Ham ready to fund new Rice contract and ‘hope to strike agreement soon’

West Ham fans could still see Declan Rice commit his long-term future to the club ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Mark Noble’s successor as captain on the pitch has proven his importance to the team and now on the biggest stage with England.

The 22-year-old started every game for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 and helped them reach the final.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United target Rice will now have a few weeks off to rest ahead of the new season.

But discussions over his future are set to continue after he rejected two contract offers from West Ham before the Euros.

Hammers supporters began to fear their hero could be on the move, however, there is optimism he will sign on and stay.

The Sun say the east Londoners are working tirelessly to agree a new deal with Rice as he holds out for a bigger salary.

Any agreement is expected to see him become West Ham’s top earner in a six-figure deal.

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And Felipe Anderson’s return to Lazio has allowed money to be freed up on the club’s wage bill.

The Italian was on over £100,000-a-week at the London Stadium, and a portion of that will be used to cement Rice’s future, the report indicates.

Rice still has three years left on his current contract, with the option for a fourth, but he is set to be rewarded with a better deal.

The Hammers academy product is not pushing to leave or return to former club Chelsea this summer.

Talks are ongoing and there is said to be hope a deal can be struck soon.

Rice’s agent is his father, and now that Anderson is gone and the Euros are over, West Ham can finally make some progress ahead of their season in the Europa League.

No senior signings have been made as yet, but Tammy Abraham and Jesse Lingard are both top targets.

PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is also believed to be close to joining the club in a loan deal, following his decent season with relegated Fulham.

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