For the first time David Moyes has admitted the club need to plan for the loss of their captain Declan Rice this summer.
The manager seems almost resigned to the fact having previously said his player is not for sale and quoting ridiculous bank of England sums for his star player.
“We honestly hope Dec stays,” Moyes said. “We’d love him to be a West Ham player but we are aware that might not be the case at the end of the season.
“So that’s one of the scenarios around planning. There are plans that we have Dec here, but we’re also fully aware there is a good chance that we don’t have him.”
West Ham have publicly put a valuation of £120m on their Academy product but will probably take the highest bid on anything approaching £100m.
While Arsenal have been heavily linked there is concern they will not reach that number but the Hammers will encourage an open competition for Rice’s signature to get maximum return on their most valuable asset.