WEST HAM are still waiting for Arsenal to reach a compromise on their £105million payment plan for Declan Rice.
SunSport have been told by sources close to the deal that “the ball is in Arsenal’s hands”.
The Gunners yesterday agreed in principle on a deal to sign 24-year-old Rice for a record transfer fee between two British clubs – £100m plus £5m in surcharges.
However, with personal terms already settled as well, transfer talks are still ongoing over the structure of the £100m upfront payment.
The Hammers bosses want everything by early 2025, while Arsenal would prefer it spread out over a five-year period.
It is not expected to become an issue that will derail the move and a deal is said to be “very close”.
But West Ham are still working hard to get the deal they want.
Both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Rice are keen to get things over with as quickly as possible and arrange for a medical as soon as they get the green light.
Arteta also wants Rice to be fully integrated ahead of Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the United States next month.
The Gunners yesterday confirmed the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £65m.
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And they are hoping to land a deal for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber for around £40m soon.
That would bring Arsenal’s total spending for the summer to a whopping £210m.
That’s £44m more than the total spend of £166m in the previous two windows.
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