By Daniel Feliciano

18th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

West Ham preparing 'historic' contract for Declan Rice

West Ham are preparing a ‘historic’ new contract offer for star man Declan Rice to try and tie him to a new four-year contract, according to Claret and Hugh.

The defensive midfielder has seen his reputation grow over the last two years and he is now one of the most in-demand players in the league, with Manchester United and Chelsea heavily linked.

Rice will have two years remaining on his deal at the end of this season and there have been reports that he will look to leave the club to secure Champions League football.

West Ham are keen to try and tie him down to a new contract in order to maximise his value and potentially keep him with Claret & Hugh have revealed that the Hammers are preparing a ‘historic’ new contract offer.

With new investment from Daniel Kretinsky, West Ham are looking to make their captain an offer he can’t refuse that will tie him down for the next four years.

Billionaire buzz

West Ham know that Rice is their most valuable asset right now and with a reported value of about £100m it tells you where their thoughts lie on his importance.

His ability to break up play is among the best in the league, but this season he has shown a new string to his bow by driving more with the ball and registering three goals and three assists in all competitions.

The fact he is almost always available is a huge boost too, because there would be a huge gap in the team without him.

A new deal would give renewed confidence that he will stay for a little bit longer, but would also put the Hammers in the driving seat for any potential negotiations for a transfer away. It would be a great move if they can pull it off, but it remains to be seen if Rice has any interest.

In other West Ham news, Hammers given green-light in pursuit for striker by selling club manager.