By Sam Stone

24th May, 2022 | 6:45pm

West Ham ready to change their stance on Declan Rice release clause - report

West Ham are ready to change their stance on a potential release clause in any contractual agreement with Declan Rice, according to 90min.

It was previously reported by 90min [22 April], that the Hammers were unwilling to include a release clause in any future contract agreement with Rice.

However, 90min have suggested on Tuesday [24 May] that the club are willing to soften their stance on a release clause as they look to tie down Rice to a new contract.

Rice’s current deal runs until the summer of 2024 with the club holding an extension.

Hammers need to be realistic

West Ham need to be realistic in their expectations of Rice.

The England midfielder has developed immensely at West Ham and is probably happy to continue his journey at the London Stadium.

However, if a club meets his valuation then West Ham cannot stand in his way.

West Ham’s hierarchy will have a far better chance of Rice signing a new deal as long as Rice knows if his valuation is met, then he will be allowed to leave.

Anything north of £100million for a central midfielder is unheard of in today’s market, but it still wouldn’t be a surprise to see the England midfielder attract a bid of that size.

The Hammers need to turn some of their attention to the rest of their squad.

After just missing out on the Europa League on the final day, David Moyes will be desperate to add some much-needed quality and depth to his squad to maintain the club’s upward trajectory.

In other West Ham news, a football finance expert has made a mammoth £200m Hammers claim amid recent speculation.

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