By Sam Stone

17th May, 2022 | 10:10am

Geoff Hurst makes big Declan Rice admission amidst transfer speculation

Geoff Hurst has suggested West Ham should be cashing in on Declan Rice and reinvesting around the rest of their squad amidst transfer speculation.

As first reported by talkSPORT [11 May], West Ham offered the England midfielder an eight-year contract extension worth £200,000-a-week.

However, Hurst believes the Hammers would be better off reinvesting anything north of £100million back into the squad.

Talking on talkSPORT breakfast [07:55, 17 May], Hurst said: “If you got £100million plus for him [Rice] which is a possibility, you could actually in some sense strengthen the club by bringing three or four players in.

“In three or four different positions and improve the squad.”

Cash in

The Hammers should 100% cash in on Rice if they receive a big offer.

Anything near £150million would be unheard of for a midfielder and the Irons would be able to reinvest that money to make their squad more balanced.

At present, the Irons need cover up front and in defence.

Whilst Rice is a massive cog in West Ham’s machine, he shouldn’t be irreplaceable.

There is a reason why midfielders rarely go for anywhere near £100million.

They can be replaced fairly easily, there are lots of world-class midfielders.

Huge transfer fees are saved for attacking players in today’s market and the West Ham hierarchy must realise this.

Rice’s value will only decrease the nearer he gets to the end of his contract at the London Stadium.

At present, it is unlikely one of Europe’s biggest clubs will fork out £100m plus for the midfielder’s services.

The Irons should perhaps lower their valuation of the midfielder in order to ensure they don’t lose Rice on a free at the end of his contract.

In other West Ham news, Rio Ferdinand shares verdict on Declan Rice after news of 8-year contract offer from West Ham United

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