Declan Rice is currently stuck in a contract standstill with West Ham United. The Telegraph reported last month that the 19-year-old was offered a basic £15,000-a-week to sign a new deal at West Ham. That was also supplemented by a £20,000 Premier League starting bonus and a £5,000-a-week basic wage every time he started 15 games for the club.
However, it seems the teenager believes he deserves a better deal, considering the increased role he is playing in the West Ham first-team. The fact flagging team-mate Reece Oxford is on £20,000-a-week and others are on £100,000-a-week-plus deals gives him a strong negotiation position.
One team that should definitely be keeping tabs on the situation is Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are said to be on the lookout for a young centre-back to take over from Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian pair are coming to the end of their respective contracts at the club and are considered to be winding down their Spurs careers.
Davinson Sanchez is already a top talent, whilst the likes of Eric Dier, Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also options.
However, Rice would be an exceptional recruit. The teenager, who has three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, offers exactly what Tottenham are looking for in a centre-back. Skilled with the ball at his feet, he is also tenacious in the tackle and looks a natural leader. His ability to also play in midfield and in a back-three also lends itself to the versatile nature of the Tottenham team.
Rice would be an excellent option for Tottenham. With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2020, he would also be a much cheaper option than other names mentioned, such as Ajax’s talented Matthijs De Ligt.
Tottenham should certainly be keeping tabs on this developing situation.