West Ham United have offered Declan Rice a take-it-or-leave-it contract offer worth around a whopping £46,000-per-week, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that the club have warned the 6ft midfielder [Source: Transfermarkt] that contract talks will be tabled until after the season ends if he doesn’t accept their current terms.
However, the team are hopeful that a deal will be done over the upcoming international break, with the club keen to settle the issue once and for all.
The new contract would represent a massive increase on the 19-year-old’s current wage of £1,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], rewarding him for his fine start to the season.
This news had to be coming; the club simply couldn’t let this contract tug of war continue. Rice is the most promising youngster to come through at the London Stadium for many years so it’s crucial that the club tie him down on a fresh long term contract. After his excellent form this season Rice deserves a deal that brings him more in line with what his peers are earning, but the Hammers are, understandably, wary about paying a youngster too much too soon. £46,000-per-week is plenty of money and Rice should accept this deal if he knows what’s good for him. This offer is far above what he’s currently earning and seems like a fair pay hike for a young man who is still improving at the start of his career. Whether the decision to hand Rice an ultimatum over this contract offer is a good idea or not remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a situation that the club needs to get resolved as soon as possible.