Declan Rice has West Ham United fans optimistic after cryptic tweet

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West Ham fans have been reacting on Twitter to an obscure post by teenage sensation Declan Rice.

The 19-year-old remains in a contract standoff as the east London club appears restrained in offering improved terms after the academy graduated rejected a deal in the region of £40,000 a week.

It is said the central defender come midfielder is currently on £3,000 per week, and the rejected terms would have moved the three-time Republic of Ireland international onto a base salary of £15,000 a week, with incentives of £20,000 per Premier League start and a £5,000 a week rise every 15 times he makes the starting eleven.

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Rice is also questioning his international future as he ponders declaring loyalty to England or Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland, the country he represented throughout his youth.

On Monday night, when O’Neill’s men faced Denmark in a nil-nil UEFA Nations League draw, the West Ham academy graduate took the moment to tweet a photo of himself in action for the Irons, simply captioned with a heart and a hammers emoji.

While some fans took the chance to remind Rice that he could have been playing for the country that named him Under 17s Player of the Year in 2017, Hammers fans saw it as hope a new deal would be reached.