West Ham are ready to soften their stance over including a release clause in any new contract offered to Declan Rice, 90min understands.

The 23-year-old is a long-term transfer target for Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from London Stadium.

Rice has shunned new contract offers put forward to him by West Ham over the last 12 months as he is understandably keen to evaluate his options, but the Hammers are reluctant to cash in on their soon-to-be club captain - and instead wish to build a team around him that is capable of regularly challenging for a top four finish and Champions League football.

Two years remain on Rice's current contract, with the option of an additional year, yet West Ham recognise that the deal he signed back in 2019 no longer represents his standing at the club or in the game.