Declan Rice’s West Ham future is in doubt, according to reports, after the Hammers failed to strengthen their squad during the January transfer window.
Despite David Moyes’ assertions that West Ham ‘would like to add to the squad if we can’ and ‘we will try hard to make them [signings]’ the January 31 deadline passed without a single new addition to the squad.
This inactivity could prove more costly than just stretching the squad to its limits for the remainder of the season, but also in the long run when trying to keep hold of Rice, according to The Telegraph.
The report claims that the Hammers’ lack of ambition in January has given fresh hope to their Premier League rivals to make moves for Rice in the summer. Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are believed to be considering bidding for Rice at the end of the season.
football.london understand that as far as the Hammers are concerned, nothing has changed and Rice is not for sale at any price and the club has no interest in letting their key man leave the club at any cost.
Rice is contracted to the club until 2024, with West Ham holding a further one-year option to extend his deal until the summer of 2025. With Rice tied down to a long-term deal, West Ham are adamant the England international is going nowhere despite the interest from other clubs.
Following a winter break, the West Ham squad are back in training ahead of the FA Cup clash with Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday afternoon and Rice was the focus of attention as they returned to Rush Green.
The lack of transfer signings has disappointed fans and left many wondering what the ambitions are for the remainder of the season.
Moyes has stated his aim this campaign was to exceed the 66 points recorded last time out and push for European football once more. It will take a huge effort from the squad and manager to achieve this without reinforcements but Moyes has consistently overproduced in his managerial career.
The manager will be speaking to the press on Friday ahead of the FA Cup clash and questions regarding his transfer policy will be front and centre. As always, football.london will have live updates of everything the manager has to say from 1:30pm on our dedicated West Ham page.