West Ham United have turned down a fresh approach for Declan Rice from Chelsea’s new owners, 90min understands.
The Hammers have been steadfast in their desire to keep hold of Rice this summer, long insisting that their soon-to-be captain will not be sold unless their £150m valuation is met.
Indeed, West Ham manager David Moyes wants to build a team around Rice that is capable of regularly challenging for a top four finish and Champions League football. The upcoming campaign will see the club compete in the Europa Conference League after last season's dream run to the Europa League semi-finals.
The Hammers remain hopeful that Rice will sign a new contract before the start of the new season, though any new deal penned by the 23-year-old may include a release clause - 90min revealed in May that West Ham were prepared to soften their stance in negotiations to get a deal agreed.