According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are concerned that they could lose Declan Rice after the 19-year-old rejected a new contract offer from the club.
Rice has been fantastic for the Hammers in recent weeks and the defensive steel and control he brings to Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield has been instrumental to the East London club’s improved results.
However, it looks as though the club may struggle to keep the talented teenager at the London Stadium for too much longer. On top of his recent contract rejection, other Premier League clubs will be well aware of Rice’s sterling performances so far this season.
If West Ham fail to tie the versatile youngster to new terms soon then they could quickly find rivals circling for his signature. Should Rice become unsettled at West Ham then Everton ought to ensure that they’re in pole position to capitalise upon the Hammers’ unfortunate circumstances.
The Toffees are currently a side in transition, simultaneously adjusting to their new manager Marco Silva’s techniques whilst also bedding in a large number of new arrivals. Part of Silva’s project at Goodison Park will be to make the Merseyside outfit more solid defensively.
Bringing in Rice would certainly add some quality depth to Silva’s defensive contingent and he would become part of the natural succession plan for the likes of the ageing Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines.
The Republic of Ireland international’s ability to operate comfortably both in midfield and defence could also see him become a vital asset to Silva. With Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies both struggling to shine in a defensive midfield berth, the stage is set for Rice to make the role his own at Everton.