The Chelsea manager was successful in landing the majority of his key targets, but was unsuccessful in securing the services of the versatile England international who he is said to view as a solution to his problems at centre-half.
According the The Sun, the Hammers are preparing to make the 21-year-old the club’s highest paid player, eclipsing Felipe Anderson, who joined Porto on loan last week, and Andriy Yarmolenko who has struggled to maintain his fitness and levels of consistency since joining the club two years ago from Borussia Dortmund.
West Ham value Rice at £80m and were not prepared to alter their valuation and despite Chelsea’s genuine interest they failed to submit an official offer during the course of the summer window.
Rice’s standing and importance to West Ham was underlined last month by David Moyes revealing that he thought the player was the ideal candidate to succeed the long-serving Mark Noble as club captain.
He said: ‘We have still got a long way to go in the window, maybe somebody has the Bank of England but nobody has shown that.
‘It was always the plan [to keep him], there was no intention to lose Declan Rice. We have had no bids and no enquiries. There is a lot of speculation but I can only tell you what I know.
‘He’s been captain already, I think he is learning a lot of leadership from Mark Noble, so I hope in the future we will have an incredibly talented footballer with great leadership skills and will be the captain of West Ham.’