£100M star makes it clear that he wants sign with Arsenal this summer

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Is Rice leaving Hammers?

ARSENAL have made a huge breakthrough in their transfer chase of West Ham superstar Declan Rice.

Rice is one of the most sought-after young midfielders in world football and his next move is a subject of much speculation, with a number of top clubs very much interested in a deal for the player.

Rice’s current deal with the Irons runs until the summer of 2024 and the club have the option of another 12 months. But the summer window offers West Ham the last realistic chance of securing a mammoth fee – of £100million-plus – for their prize asset –

West Ham fans have come to accept that Rice will be sold this summer – anod now it seems that Arsenal are closing in on a possible deal for the Englan International.

The Mirror claim Rice is ready to make it clear he favours a move to the Emirates, which is a major boost for the Gunners.

The North Londoners who have been working hardest, with manager Mikel Arteta devising a plan to rebuild his midfield this summer around the England international.

And the midfielder appears keen to join Arteta’s project at ARSENAL in the summer.

Former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp believes West Ham are plenty big enough for Rice and has warned the midfielder that the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

“I think he’s still young,” Redknapp recently told The Evening Standard.

“I’d like to see him have a couple more years at West Ham. It’s a great stadium with 60,000 people every week.

“He’s early mega money. Where do you go?…

“He’s probably happy there. He’s a big fish at West Ham. The fans love him.

“Does he need a move at this particular time?”

However – clubs have been told that Rice will be leaving WEST HAM – and his desire to win trophies needs to be respected – Tony Cottee recently told SunSport:

“It is different with the likes of Declan or myself. The reason I left the club, and I didn’t want to but I felt I had to because I wanted to go and win something.

“When you don’t win things, it is hard, and the money side is not easy either. If West Ham had a successful team that was winning things, Declan wouldn’t be leaving. There would be no reason to leave.

“He will leave this summer. I said all along that the moment they lost to [Eintracht] Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final last season was the moment Declan knew he needed to leave. If they had won that and won the Europa League and got into the Champions League, why would he leave?

“Now we are at the stage where Rice is in the prime of his career and wants to play Champions League football. As long as his exit is handled correctly, and I think it will be because he is a really good lad leading in the right way, I don’t think any West Ham fan would begrudge him”

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