By Sam Stone

11th May, 2022 | 7:40pm

West Ham United should 'put good players' around Declan Rice - Trevor Sinclair

Trevor Sinclair believes the West Ham hierarchy needs to put “good players” around Declan Rice to continue their upward curve.

As first reported by talkSPORT on Wednesday morning [May, 11], Rice has been offered a lucrative eight-year deal worth £200,000 per week.

However, talkSPORT pundit Sinclair believes the club would be far better spreading that money over the whole side.

Talking on talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon [May, 11], Sinclair said: “Rather than offering him [Rice] all the money in the world, I would be concentrating on putting good players around him.

“They need to continue their upward curve as a football club and trying to get West Ham not just in the top six, but maybe in the top five.”

West Ham should follow suit

West Ham would be far better off investing in the rest of their side.

Rice is an exceptional talent and there is no denying that, however, the Hammers have plenty of areas they need to improve if they want to continue to regularly challenge for the top six.

Rice wants Champions League football and it is down to the hierarchy at the London Stadium to display their ambition.

By bringing a quality striker to challenge Michail Antonio, a top-class midfield partner and more depth in defence then Rice could be enticed to extend his stay.

The Hammers shouldn’t get carried away with Rice’s situation and view it as the be all and end all.

There is also the suggestion that this was never a realistic offer from the Hammers’ hierarchy.

Those in charge at the London Stadium were fully aware that Rice wasn’t going to sign away his future for eight years.

West Ham fans will see through their plot to show their false ambitions.

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

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