West Ham are yet to “hold fresh talks” with Declan Rice over a new deal, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The Hammers midfielder turned down two offers of contract extension already, but David Moyes is pretty relaxed about his situation.

The report claims that the London club are willing to make him the highest-paid player in their history.

At the same time, the Hammers “will face” a battle to keep hold of the England midfielder if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Catch-22 situation

Rice has two-and-a-half years remaining on his present deal at the club, although West Ham do have the option of extending it for a further year.

Moyes has made it clear (24 October) that it would take more than £100m [Eurosport] to prise Rice away from the club in the summer.

Every player has a price, and potential suitors will have to pay a massive sum to take Rice away.

Rice has been phenomenal this season for the Hammers, and his consistency has been admirable.

It seems he is not perturbed by the transfer talks going on around him. Rather he has suggested he wants to play Champions League with the Hammers.

Rice is committed to West Ham and he has not shown any inclination that he wants to leave. He is waiting to see if the club can match his ambitions.

West Ham are heading in the right direction under Moyes, and a top-four finish could persuade Rice to sign a long term deal at the club.

In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.

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