Report: Declan Rice wants to sign new West Ham deal

Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus and West Ham United's Irish defender Declan Rice (C) compete for a header during the English Premier League football match between...

West Ham United have so far been unable to agree a new contract with Declan Rice, but he is keen to stay put it seems.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 16, 2018 in Romford, England.

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Declan Rice wants to sign a new contract with West Ham despite the club struggling to agree an extension with the youngster.

Rice's contract situation has become a major talking point again after a couple of superb performances from the teenager, who has shone in a midfield role against both Everton and Chelsea to help Manuel Pellegrini's men to four points from those games.

 

The Mirror reports that the player's advisers are looking for a new deal worth £30,000-a-week, but the Irons are yet to put that offer on the table, with their latest bid seeing his salary initially jump from £3,000-a-week to £15,000-a-week. His wage would then improve by £5,000-a-week after 15 Premier League starts, while his deal would also be topped up by £20,000 for every future Premier League start he makes

While talks appear to be at something of a stalemate, the report does suggest that Rice does want to sign a new contract at the London Stadium.

West Ham defender Declan Rice reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Although Rice is reportedly keen to stay, West Ham are arguably taking a risk not meeting his demands. For a club of their size, his requests are not particularly eye-watering and his performances this season suggest that he is already well worth the money. In fact, they will end up paying him more money than the amount that he is asking for in the weeks that he starts a top flight game.

And the fact that Rice wants to remain with the Irons could potentially make the situation all the more frustrating if they are ultimately unable to agree fresh terms. West Ham have a golden opportunity to bring an end to this situation before it becomes a full-blown saga, and messing it up will unquestionably anger a lot of supporters. 

Declan Rice of West Ham during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

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