Whilst there have been plenty of changes in West Ham United’s backroom staff this summer, not many deals have been finalised as far as transfers are concerned but the first move out of the club has been confirmed.
There has been much speculation about the future of Declan Rice over recent years but the news that the fans didn’t want to hear has been confirmed. The midfielder has joined Arsenal.
It was widely reported that the Hammers didn’t want to lose Rice but Chairman David Sullivan stated after the UEFA Europa Conference League Final that the game in Prague was his last for the club.
There had been numerous contract offers made to Rice but he felt it was time to leave Stratford in order to fulfil his ambition of playing in the UEFA Champions League.
The news does mean that David Moyes will be looking for his third Captain in as many years, following the retirement of Mark Noble in May 2022.
Rice scored 15 goals in 245 appearances for the Irons with his first goal in East London actually coming against the Gunners in January 2019, as the home side won 1-0.
His former supporters are sure to give him a good reception when he returns to East London with his new team in a match that is currently scheduled for 10 February.
There could well be news of incomings to the club in the coming days. Any news will be on this site as soon as it is confirmed.