West Ham United have turned the tables on Declan Rice with contract offer

Declan Rice of West Ham United during at training session at London Stadium on August 22, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United youngster Declan Rice's future at the London Stadium has been brought into question in recent weeks.

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

According to The Times, West Ham United have offered Declan Rice a £40,000-a-week contract, in a move which completely turns the tables on the youngster.

Rice and West Ham have been trying to agree terms over a new deal for weeks, but have failed to do so.

 

West Ham initially appeared loathed to pay Rice’s wage demands, which seemed entirely reasonable.

Rice plays an important role for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and he wanted a wage which reflected his value to the side.

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.

West Ham’s board were initially criticised for not paying up, but if Rice doesn’t sign a new deal now, then it will be the player who receives the brunt of the backlash.

Rice is now being offered a very healthy pay packet for a 19-year-old, who is still learning his trade.

And if Rice does pen the contract, as expected, then it will finally end the speculation over his future - which will be a bonus for everyone at West Ham.

Cenk Tosun of Everton (R) and Declan Rice challenge for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool,...

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