West Ham United are scheduling a media slot for 2PM this afternoon (Monday July 3rd) during which the ‘eternal’ Declan Rice transfer to Arsenal will finally be confirmed. Reprsentatives from BOTH clubs have been feverishly working on an agreement that suits all those concerned.

Hammers supremo David Sullivan is thought to have ‘backed off’ directly negotiating the deal himself, in order for his new employee Tim Steidten to complete the deal with Arsenal’s technical director Edu. It is believed there has been a compromise reached over the payment plan for Declan Rice which roughly translates to 40% of the entire fee up front with the remainder being paid in instalments over the next three years.

This ‘arrangement’ saves face for the Irons and the Gooners and means that the player can start training with his new team mates when he returns from a Holiday with his young family and Hammers can get on with spending some, if not all of the money received on transfers overseen by Steidten.

Rice’s departure was never going to be ‘pretty’, but at least a line can be drawn in the sand now, many fans are really disappointed with their club captain moving on, especially to London neighbours, but at least it wasn’t to fierce rivals ‘Tottingham’! – Ed

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