West Ham 'to reject Arsenal's second bid for Declan Rice' as disappointing offer revealed


West Ham 'to reject Arsenal's second bid for Declan Rice' as disappointing offer revealed

West Ham are set to reject Arsenal's latest bid for Declan Rice, it has been claimed.

The Gunners' new offer for the England international is believed to be worth £75million in guaranteed cash with an extra £15m in add-ons.

But according to the Mail Online their latest proposal has fallen short of West Ham's £100m asking price and is expected to be rejected.

Arsenal have made Rice their No 1 transfer target and have already seen an offer of £80million turned down.

The 24-year-old heads off on holiday this week after an arduous 61-game season, and is allegedly expecting to be an Arsenal player by the end of the month.

Rice's personal terms, which are said to be in excess of £200,000 a week, will be formally agreed if and when West Ham and Arsenal strike a deal.

West Ham want to trigger an auction for Rice, and are hoping to generate over £100million for their captain. Treble winners Manchester City are widely reported to be monitoring the situation as they await a decision from Ilkay Gündogan on whether he will extend his stay. As per the Guardian West Ham expect City to enter the race this week.

However, Rice is reportedly keen on Arsenal, who had already verbally indicated their intention to make a second bid.

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Mikel Arteta wants to sign two new midfielders this summer, with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka both on the cusp of leaving north London.

And beyond Rice, Arsenal are interested in Southampton's Roméo Lavia. While they are yet to have made a bid for Belgium international, an approach for the teenager is not said to be tied to the outcome of their pursuit of Rice.

The north Londoners are reportedly in talks with Southampton and the 19-year-old’s representatives.

Arteta also wants to strengthen his defence with Ajax's Jurriën Timber believed to be his top target. RB Leipzig’s Mo Simakan is another on Arsenal’s list for that position.

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