David Moyes wants to hand goalkeeper Lukasz a new deal for West Ham … and reward Declan Rice with improved terms to stave off Chelsea interest
- West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (35) is no longer under contract in summer 2021
- Declan Rice is linked to Chelsea but Hammers would like to give him better terms
- Manager David Moyes reveals the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has impacted contract negotiations
David Moyes wants West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to sign a new deal in the next few weeks. He also hopes his board of directors will reward star Declan Rice with better terms to fend off Chelsea in the next two transfer windows.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Fabianski (35) has become a mainstay in the improvement of West Ham under Moyes, but no longer has a contract in the summer.
The Polish international, who has over 50 caps, is offered a two-year extension, but manager Moyes has expressed concern over the uncertainty that lockdown rules are constantly changing and threatening football.
West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was a mainstay during his three years with the club
England international Rice has been a repeat target for Chelsea where he started his career and is expected to return for him.
And Moyes stated that while many clubs are facing financial problems in the new year, his main job is to keep West Ham resilient in the Premier League.
He said: ‘COVID plays a role for a lot of clubs because obviously all the contracts that are being awarded I would have thought if anything was closed how would it work?
Hammers and England midfielder Declan Rice has been linked with a move to Chelsea
David Moyes wants to tie the 35-year-old (left) for two years and improve Rice’s deal
However, Manager Moyes has admitted that uncertainty over COVID-19 is affecting contract negotiations
“I hope I never have to use the R-word this year, but you know, until you get 40, you do that sometimes, and that matters too.
“But because the crowd isn’t there, it’s really difficult for the owners, not just for our club, but for every club.”
West Ham fans as they prepare for their side’s game against relegation-threatened Brighton on Sunday needn’t panic, according to their shrewd Scottish manager.
He added, “Let me tell you, I hope I have enough experience to make sure I did all the right things at the right time when I needed to. All I can say is yes, we are in a good position. ‘