Declan Rice has been offered a huge new eight-year contract by West Ham, talkSPORT understands.

The Hammers are desperate to keep the England midfielder, who has rejected a number of offers from the club in the recent weeks and months.

Rice will likely be one of the main stories of the summer window with the 23-year-old playing well beyond his years

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Rice will likely be one of the main stories of the summer window with the 23-year-old playing well beyond his years

Rice has two years left on his current deal and has been subject of transfer interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 23-year-old has quickly established himself as a huge star and talkSPORT understands the club has offered him an eight-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.

talkSPORT host Jim White, who broke the news, explained: “Let me tell you the lengths West Ham are going to keep Declan Rice at the football club.

“It is my understanding that West Ham are 99 per cent certain they will not sell Declan Rice this summer.

“Declan Rice has been offered an eight-year deal at West Ham United worth £200,000-a-week on a rising scale to match inflation.

“An eight-year deal worth £200,000-a-week. At this stage he is showing no inclinations to sign it.

“This eight-year deal could become a ten-year deal, if Declan and his people wanted such a deal worth £200,000-a-week.

“So would they sell? There is a belief in Declan Rice’s camp that he could get between £300,000-£400,000-a-week elsewhere. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen.

Rice has shown no indication that he will pen a new deal at the Hammers

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Rice has shown no indication that he will pen a new deal at the Hammers

“The magic figure may be £150million, but there is a feeling a West Ham United that there is next to no chance of that figure being offered for Declan Rice this summer.

“That’s why they feel they are 99 per cent certain they will keep him this summer.”

Rice started his youth career at Chelsea before being dropped as a teenager and moving to West Ham.

He quickly made his way up the ranks and became one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and a regular England starter.

Rice was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s squad that made it to the Euro 2020 final.

Rice has been a long-term target of Man United and Chelsea

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Rice has been a long-term target of Man United and Chelsea

With Mark Noble largely starting from the bench this season, the youngster has taken the reigns as on-field captain on their brilliant run to the Europa League semi-final.

Their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt broke Hammers’ hearts and ended their hopes of winning the trophy, and with it a chance for a place in the Champions League.

The lack of elite European football may mean Rice seeking a transfer elsewhere.

West Ham David Moyes has previously suggested that a bid in excess of £150million would be needed to prise him away from the London Stadium.

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan was less than impressed with the offer that was made and accused the Hammers owners of ‘playing to the gallery’.

He told talkSPORT: “What a load of rubbish. Who is going to sign a player, in the pomp of his career, in a market place that is supposedly bounding towards signing him, who is going to sign an eight-year deal with West Ham?

“Why would you do it at £200,000-a-week?”

When asked why West Ham would offer it, Jordan said: “Because you are playing to the gallery. That’s what [David] Gold and [David] Sullivan do. That’s their game. That’s their modus operandi.

“If someone comes in, they are probably right they are not going to get £150million for him and I wonder who the suitors are. We don’t know who the suitors are.

“We knew who the suitors for Harry Kane were last year because they popped their head above the parapet and made themselves known it was Manchester City.

“Who are these suitors for Declan Rice?””

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