Manchester City have now approached West Ham and has been in talks, but that has not progressed to a formal offer for the Hammers captain, 6foot2 understand.
The Rice camp has made it clear that Declan would snub a move to Manchester preferring to stay in the capital so they would be wasting their time.
Declan is on a three-week holiday after completing his international duty with England and is leaving matters to his family, who appears to have recruited the services of a PR firm who are regularly briefing the media.
The media narrative being peddled is that Declan has his heart set on a move to Arsenal, and he would be reluctant to move elsewhere.
West Ham Chairman David Sullivan is also on holiday onboard the £50m super yacht Titania in the med but remains in constant communication while at sea.
Arsenal are expected to return with a third bid finally reaching the £100m threshold, which is likely to be made up of a £85m transfer fee over four years and £15m of potential add-ons.