West Ham United will look to tie Declan Rice down to a new long-term contract for a third time after Felipe Anderson sealed his return to Lazio, according to Sam Inkersole.
Rice, who shone during England’s run to a first-ever European Championships final this summer, was among West Ham’s standout performers as they registered a club record Premier League points tally last season.
As a result, the Hammers will be involved in the Europa League in the upcoming campaign and are keen to hand Rice a new deal amid interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, reports suggest the central midfielder has already rejected two contract offers since the end of last term.
Boss David Moyes, who has previously suggested it would take offers in excess of £100million for West Ham to even deliberate doing business, is adamant that the 22-year-old must remain at the London Stadium.
Inkersole, a reporter at football.london, believes getting Anderson off the wage bill by sealing his return to Serie A side Lazio three years after he moved to West Ham for a then-club record fee could boost the Hammers’ chances of keeping Rice.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Inkersole said: “Felipe Anderson was on huge wages at the club.
“Freeing up his wages helps. You also look at the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, who is a big earner at the club. If they could shift him as well, that could help to get more wages in the pot for Rice.”