West Ham United may just have presented Tottenham Hotspur and Everton with the opportunity they have been waiting for.
The Hammers have failed to agree terms with the youngster, who has just months left on his current deal at the London Stadium.
West Ham have decided that they will put contract talks on hold, which looks like a risky move.
And Spurs and Everton are sure to have taken note of West Ham’s latest decision.
Tottenham and Everton now have a chance to turn the head of Rice, before the expiration of his contract, and they could potentially get him in a cut price deal.
If West Ham have still not agreed a deal with Rice in a few months’ time, then Everton and Spurs will be free to approach the defensive midfield.
And that could be terrible news for West Ham’s chances of keeping hold of the youngster, who looks to have an extremely bright future in the Premier League.