By Sam Stone

11th May, 2022 | 5:42pm

West Ham's eight year Declan Rice contract offer brandished a 'load of rubbish' by talkSPORT's Simon Jordan

Simon Jordan has brandished West Ham United’s eight-year contract offer to Declan Rice as a “load of rubbish” as the Hammers desperately try to keep hold of the midfielder.

As reported by talkSPORT, the West Ham hierarchy have supposedly offered the England international an eight-year deal worth £200,000-a-week in order to keep him at the club.

Rice’s current deal expires in the summer of 2024, with the Irons knowing they will have to cash in on the England international, or face losing him for a minimal fee.

Talking on talkSPORT, Jordan said: “What a load of rubbish.

“A player who’s in the pomp of his career with a marketplace that’s supposedly bounding towards signing him, who’s going to sign an eight-year deal with West Ham.”

He added: “They [David Sullivan and David Gold] are playing to the gallery, it’s what they do, their modus operandi.”

Fascinating situation

The Rice contract situation is fascinating, and West Ham have laid all their cards on the table.

Rice is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and therefore deserves European football at the very least.

Offering an eight-year deal at £200k a week screams lunacy.

The finances involved in that deal could be spread around their squad to turn them into a consistent top-six side.

The reality for West Ham is they will lose their England midfielder in the coming years.

However, the real question lies in how long they want to retain his services.

With two years left on his current deal, he would still collect a substantial transfer fee.

The £150 million plus that has been talked about could still be on the cards.

However, the closer Rice gets to the culmination of his current deal the more his value decreases.

The prospect of losing Rice for anything below £100 million would be a disaster.

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