Former West Ham defender and fan favourite Julian Dicks has commented on the future Declan Rice, amid reports he might potentially leave this summer.

Julian Dicks, who spent 10 years at West Ham over two spells, has said that the club needs to invest in the squad if they want Rice to stay with them this summer.

The 23-year-old midfielder has attracted a lot of attention from other clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, for his performances on the pitch for both club and country.

However, with West Ham currently soaring in the Premier League and into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, there is a big possibility that the England international might just be tempted to stay in east London a little longer.

It is no secret that Rice wants to win many trophies throughout his career, and if West Ham want to be the ones to do that with him they will need to invest heavily in the squad.

Dicks told SunSport that it is “no good expecting Declan to stay if they are not going to invest” and that they need to spend around £100million on players if they want to compete at the highest level.

The Hammers have struggled to make numerous signings over the past couple of windows, despite desperately needing to recruit reinforcements and add squad depth.

This summer will be very telling as to whether or not the club means business in the Premier League and in Europe going forward and, when thinking about the quality of the squad and coaching staff, David Moyes and the owners need to be thinking ahead for the future.

Declan Rice is the most integral member of this current squad, and if the club were able to keep him it would be a great stepping stone in the right direction.