West Ham ‘plan to reward Rice and others with new contracts’ due to Zouma deal

West Ham United are set to offer new deals to three of their key players next year as they wrap up a £25.6million deal to sign Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

According to the Daily Express, star trio Declan Rice, Thomas Soucek and Michail Antonio are all set to be offered new deals next year, after the signing of Zouma is completed.

The Hammers hope to finalise the signing of Zouma on Friday after a medical was completed in Paris on Thursday and the 26-year-old will become the club's highest-earning player.

Zouma is reportedly set to earn around £120,000-per-week at the London Stadium as he becomes the club's third summer signing.

Rice has three years left on his current contract but West Ham are keen to hand new terms to the England international amid interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea in the 22-year-old.

Antonio only signed a new deal in December but enjoyed a strong second half to last season and has started the new campaign with three goals in two matches, for which he is set to be rewarded.

Czech midfielder Soucek has become a fan favourite at the club since making his loan move from Slavia Prague permanent last summer.

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His ability to both defend and attack have also impressed the board as they plan to make him the third player offered new terms after Zouma's deal is finalised.

Former Saint-Etienne man Zouma completed his medical in Paris on Thursday as he was in France for personal reasons and is now set to be unveiled as a West Ham player on Friday.

He is expected to stay in his homeland until after the international break having been named in the France squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine and Finland.

This means it is highly unlikely that he will make his Hammers debut this weekend as they host Crystal Palace and look to stay at the top of the Premier League.

Zouma's departure from Stamford Bridge means Chelsea have now acquired over £100million from player sales this summer and will allow them to proceed with a move to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

David Moyes welcomes Zouma to east London as his third summer signing after the club made Craig Dawson's loan from Watford permanent for £2million and Alphonse Areola joined on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Moyes is preparing for the club's first season in the Europa League group stage, with the draw set to take place on Friday morning.

Domestically, West Ham have started with two wins from two, scoring eight goals to beat Newcastle United and Leicester City to take an early lead on top of the league table.

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