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West Ham United want to tie down young defender Declan Rice to a new contract in the near future and will increase the versatile star’s wages to £25,000 per week, according to The Daily Mail.

While much has been made of the potential of rising stars in the Hammers’ ranks such as Reece Oxford and Reece Burke, it has been the Irish teenager that has broken into the first-team squad this season.

Rice has made 23 appearances for West Ham this season and has impressed with his tenacity and maturity.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has excelled in both defence and midfield, with David Moyes relying on the 19-year-old due to a glut of injuries in the Hammers ranks.

The report suggests that Rice currently is paid £10,000 per week and has a contract with West Ham until 2020, but the Premier League club are eager to secure the defender’s long-term future.

With the end of the current campaign a couple of months away and a disappointing time of it for Hammers fans in 2017-18, one eye will already be looking towards the transfer market and next season.

Rice will surely play an important role in helping West Ham improve next season and offering him improved terms would be a move that the supporters will surely welcome.

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