Declan Rice turns down £12k-a-week West Ham deal

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Declan Rice has rejected a new contract with West Ham worth £12-a-week, according to The Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

Enjoying a stellar breakthrough last season and earning international appearances with the Republic of Ireland, Declan Rice has been largely fantastic over the course of the past year for West Ham and the Hammers are keen to tie him dowm to a new contract.

The 19-year-old is currently on around £3k-a-week at the London Stadium and West Ham have only offered an increase to £12k-a-week, a figure which Rice and his entourage are unhappy with according to The Daily Mail.

Contract talks have now stalled, with West Ham not willing to increase their offer, and there is a growing danger that the talented starlet could push for an exit to join a Premier League rival who are willing to pay him an increased fee.

Should West Ham up their offer?

The offer for Declan Rice can be looked at from two angles. On the positive side, quadrupling the wages of anyone is a massive boost. However, £12k-a-week for a first-team Premier League player in modern football is a significantly low amount.

On top of that, West Ham have shown their willingness to spend during the summer window by splashing over £100m on transfer fees to bring the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop to East London.

The new additions have also been given high wages at the club and Rice believes he should be awarded a higher offer, which is understandable when you consider that Reece Oxford is on £20k-a-week, according to SpotRac.