Date: 16th October 2022 at 11:37am
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West Ham United will be hoping to make it three consecutive Premier League wins on Sunday as they face Southampton at St. Mary’s. 

David Moyes’ side started the season slowly but have beaten Wolves and Fulham in the past two weeks, as well as defeating Belgian side Anderlecht both home and away in the Europa Conference League.

They now face a Saints side that are struggling and find themselves without a win in four league matches.

Despite their good form, there could soon be bad news for The Hammers.

According to Football Insider, Declan Rice is refusing to sign a new contract with the club.

The Englishman has been heavily linked with a number of clubs, particularly Chelsea, over the past two seasons, and he is set to be out of contract in the summer of 2024.

The report now claims that the player has ‘no intention’ of penning a new deal with West Ham, despite a staggering offer being on the table.

That leaves The Hammers in a tricky situation having refused to sell the midfielder during the recent transfer window, as they now face losing him for free at the end of his deal if an agreement can’t be reached.

Rice is reluctant to sign a new deal with West Ham

Rice, 23, has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best midfielder over the past few seasons.

He now has more than 200 West Ham appearances to his name since making his debut on the final day of the 2016/17 season.

It is claimed that The Hammers’ most recent offer to the player was an eight-year deal worth £200,000-per-week.

The player is believed to be intent on securing a big money move to a Champions League club next summer, though.

As well as Chelsea, both Manchester City and Manchester United are believed to be interested in Rice, although the former’s interest may have cooled following the signing of Kalvin Phillips over the summer.

Rice was valued by West Ham at £100 million last summer, but Moyes claimed this summer that the figure had risen to £150 million.

That appeared to be enough to deter The Blues and The Red Devils.

Chelsea may reignite their interest, though, with both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante set to be out of contract at the end of the current season.

Rice, who switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England, has made 34 appearances for The Three Lions and is expected to play a significant role at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

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