• Murphy said it was ‘ridiculous’ Rice did not have new contract
• Rice’s agent, Neil Fewings, has also represented Murphy
West Ham are planning to complain to TalkSport about criticism from Danny Murphy regarding their handling of contract negotiations with Declan Rice after learning that Rice’s agent has also represented Murphy.
Murphy argued that it was “ridiculous” that West Ham were yet to reward Rice’s impressive performances with a new contract when he appeared on Jim White’s radio show on Monday and warned that the club risked losing their brightest young talent if the matter were not resolved soon. The 19-year-old has entered the final two years of his deal and rejected an offer worth around £15,000 a week in the summer.