West Ham are prepared to wait to negotiate a new deal for Declan Rice.
Rice, who has been linked with the likes of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea according to the Daily Mail, is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with West Ham, leading to growing concerns at the club that he will leave East London.
However, West Ham appear to have taken the relaxed approach to negotiations, looking to re-enter them in the summer when Rice will only have a year left on his current deal.
Rice is viewed as one of West Ham's brightest prospects to come through the academy in recent seasons, and has fully established himself as a first team starter.
Able to play in the centre of defence and midfield, Rice has already made 45 appearances for the club despite still only being 19.
If West Ham want to progress as a club, keeping hold of the youngster is vital.
Rice is an extremely hard working player, who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, regularly looking to play line breaking passes.
He is also very tenacious and reads the game like a seasoned pro, allowing him to play in defence and midfield.
A player of his qualities is highly sought after across the Premier League and Europe.
It makes West Ham's decision to reportedly delay talks a risky one, with interested clubs no doubt feeling they will be able to take advantage of the situation, especially if Manuel Pellegrini's side continue to struggle throughout the season.
Currently in 13th place and only four points above the relegation zone, despite spending over £100 million in the summer may convince Rice that is future lies elsewhere if he wishes to reach his potential.
West Ham then should look to tie the player down to a long term contract sooner rather than later.
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