Mark Noble has spoken on the future of Declan Rice and believes an £86m double transfer may help keep him at West Ham.
West Ham confirmed that Noble will return to the club as Sporting Director from January.
The legendary Hammers figure has been hugely missed off the pitch and in the West Ham dressing room this season.
But he will return to the club in an official capacity on January 2nd 2023 after bringing the curtain down on his career as a West Ham player back in May after 550 senior appearances across 18 years in a Claret and Blue shirt.
West Ham made it clear Noble will be heavily involved in key aspects of the club including transfers and recruitment.
And one of the items right at the top of his agenda will be trying to keep his successor Rice at the club.
But there was hope among fans that West Ham’s show of ambition in the summer, with £170m spent on eight new signings, might persuade the England star to stay long-term.
Now it seems the incoming sporting director and Rice’s close friend shares a similar hope.
Noble has spoken out on Rice’s future and believes an £86m double transfer may help keep him at West Ham.
Speaking in an interview on talkSPORT Breakfast on Wednesday, Noble said he would be having honest conversations with Rice over his future when he takes up his role.
But he hopes West Ham bringing in the likes of £35m striker Gianluca Scamacca and record £51m buy Lucas Paqueta will only help persuade Rice to remain.
“Do you know what, when you sign players like Lucas Paqueta and Scamacca there is obviously hope that you can keep hold of your best players,” Noble told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I think with Declan, I think he’s got two years left on his contract, we’d all hope that we can keep hold of him but I think he’s going to be sought after by obviously some of the top clubs, not only in this country, but in the world.
“And you can see with Dec he loves his football and I don’t think he’s fussed about money and all that sort of thing, he wants t be successful and it was always on his mind this year to worry about the World Cup and look forward to that and play well there…
“I’ve always said to myself in this role I’m going to take up honesty is key. As long as you’re honest and you say what you believe and you’re honest with players they can never go ‘oh he lied to me’ or ‘he went behind my back’ and that’s what I intend to do.”