West Ham have plenty of work to do in the summer transfer window, with one task orientating around the future of a star asset.
Young Declan Rice became a crucial part of the Hammers side last season, making 31 appearances and establishing himself in the first-team, while his performances also earned him an international debut with the Republic of Ireland.
The 19-year-old has two years to run on his reported £3k-a-week deal at the London Stadium but, following his tremendous rise, is expected to be presented with a new deal.
However, reports this week stated that Rice was unimpressed by West Ham’s derisory offer of £8k-a-week to the teenager – raising fresh speculation on his future.
Despite the setback, The Evening Standard states West Ham are confident of agreeing a deal with the young defender ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Negotiations between the two parties are said to be at an early stage and further discussions will take place in the coming weeks.