By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 10:28am

ExWHUemployee: 'Ridiculous' development at West Ham United could lead to Declan Rice sale in January

West Ham United would be open to selling Declan Rice in January should a “ridiculous” deal be submitted, according to ExWHUemployee.

Rice is currently in Qatar with England for the 2022 World Cup, but back in east London plans are being made about his future at West Ham.

The 23-year-old has assumed captaincy at the London Stadium this season, but rumours continue to circle about a transfer to Chelsea, with 90Min reporting that the England star remains top of the club’s shopping list.

ExWHUemployee has now revealed West Ham’s plans for Rice via the West Ham Way podcast, and he claims the club would be open to selling him as soon as January if a “ridiculous” offer is tabled.

“Now we’re not going to sell him in January. That’s not the plan. Unless obviously, a ridiculous bid comes in for him,” said the former West Ham employee.

“The plan, it’s not even to sell him in the summer, the plan is to try and get him to sign a new deal, which I don’t think is going to happen at this point.

“But if it did, then we wouldn’t have this issue. If it doesn’t happen, and he doesn’t sign a new deal, then we have to sell him, it’s simple. Because he’s worth 100, 150 million, you can’t let it go.”

At all costs

If the plan is for Rice to sign a new deal, then West Ham need to throw everything they have into making sure it’s an irresistible deal for the midfielder.

There’s no doubt that Rice is a Champions League calibre player, but without the Hammers being able to offer top European football, the club needs to make sure they offer everything possible to try and tempt him to stay.

Rice’s loyalty to West Ham so far has been incredible, with multiple transfer approaches turned down in favour of staying at the London Stadium.

But it does seem inevitable that he’ll eventually depart, with Chelsea hellbent on signing him.

A good World Cup campaign for Rice will help West Ham reasonably hike up the asking price, and for a January move to occur the bid would have to be gargantuan.

A summer move seems far more likely, but West Ham shouldn’t roll over and resign to defeat. Throw everything at this new contract – Rice is worth it.