June 14, 2024

West Ham fans spotted captain Declan Rice complete a lap of honour on his own after already completing one with his team-mates after their last home game of the Premier League season. The Hammers beat relegation-threatened Leeds United 3-1 at the London Stadium with Rice scoring a crucial equaliser in the game.

There has been plenty of speculation over the 24-year-old’s future in recent months with reports linking him to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. football.london reported back in January that the Gunners are prioritising a move for Rice this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his midfield options ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.


The England international’s deal at the London Stadium is set to expire next summer with the Hammers having an option to extend his contract by a further year. Rice has rejected approaches from West Ham over signing a new deal after publicly stating his desire to play for a club challenging in the Champions League.
Hammers fans noticed their captain complete a lap of honour on his own after the customary team lap of appreciation following the victory against Leeds. Many on social media feel that Rice did this as he ‘knows’ it’s his last match as a West Ham player at the London Stadium – with a move to Arsenal growing increasingly likely.

Reports this week have suggested David Moyes has requested three Gunners stars as part of a player and cash exchange for Rice. According to FootballTransfers, senior figures at West Ham want a lump sum up front for Rice, which is said to be between £85-£95million.

FootballTransfers claim that the Arsenal players Moyes has his eye on are Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Interestingly, the former sees his contract with the Gunners expire at the end of next month and he’ll soon be available for free.

West Ham’s last game of the season will be played in the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina in Prague on Wednesday, June 7. It would be the perfect way for Rice to leave the club if he is able to lift the trophy after taking over as captain following Mark Noble’s retirement last year.

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