West Ham are reportedly using part of the wages freed up by Felipe Anderson’s transfer to Lazio to try to tie Declan Rice to a new contract.
Anderson is set to join the Serie A squad for £ 5million just three years after leaving them for the Hammers on a £ 42million deal, which was a club record at the time .
The Brazilian has had a good first season, scoring ten goals and providing five assists in all competitions.
But his form subsequently plummeted as he has only scored twice and provided eight assists in 33 appearances since and was loaned to Porto last summer. West Ham received a small fee for this.
The 28-year-old managed just 389 minutes of playing time for the Portuguese side, who saw their form crumble and the decision was made by West Ham to cut their losses with him.
However, the Sun points out that this will free up the payroll in east London and that the Hammers will get a 50% sell clause along with a transfer fee of around £ 3million, which could reach as high as £ 5million. pound sterling.
If Anderson regains some of his old form, it could bring some extra cash back in the seasons to come.
The report adds that Anderson’s salary exceeded £ 100,000 a week, which means it could be used to try to cement Rice’s long-term future.
Rice played for England at Euro 2020 and is arguably West Ham’s most important player as he helped them qualify for the Europa League last season.
Chelsea and Manchester United are linked with the midfielder, however, he is under contract at London Stadium until 2024, with an option for an additional year.