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West Ham try to fend off Rice interest

West Ham are trying to fend off interest from Chelsea and a number of other clubs in highly prized midfielder Declan Rice.

The England international has long been on the Chelsea wish list, and the West London side have lived to regret allowing him to leave their academy ranks when he was 14.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are also keen to recruit him but, in order to try and make sure than he remains a Hammer, West Ham have offered him an eight-year contract renewal.

That would see his weekly wages boosted to £200,000 which would make him the top earner at the club, with an inflation clause built-in, and the hope Is that they can build a team round him.

Now the player has a big decision to make – accept the new contract and the security that it guarantees, or turn it down in favour of a better, short-term offer from a side more likely to win silverware.

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