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Sunday 18 March 2018

West Ham poised to offer Ireland's Declan Rice a significant wage hike - report

Declan Rice. Photo: Getty Images
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West Ham want to keep defender Declan Rice at the club long term according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old's current contract runs until 2020, but he Hammers are said to be hopeful they can keep the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international at London Stadium beyond that.

His recent form as both a centre back and defensive midfielder in 23 appearances this season has impressed the hierarchy, with a new deal potentially worth £25,000 a week, the paper says.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans is likely to be in high demand come the end of the season should West Brom get relegated.

With a £3million release clause in his contract should the Baggies drop to the Championship, West Ham are said to be poised to make a move for the 30-year-old, according to the Mirror.

The Hammers could face competition from Leicester and Everton, who are also said to be interested in the player.

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