David Moyes refusing to panic over Declan Rice amid transfer interest

David Moyes is refusing to panic over the West Ham futures of Declan Rice and Lukasz Fabianski.

England midfielder Rice, 21, is a transfer target for both Chelsea and Manchester United – and that interest will only get stronger until he is tied up on a new bumper deal.

Meanwhile, Hammers’ Polish keeper Fabianski is free to talk to clubs abroad in January with only six months left on his contract at the London Stadium.

Asked if resolving those two situations is his priority going into the New Year, Moyes admitted it is tricky to hand out new contracts – amid the continuing COVID crisis.

Huge losses in matchday revenue, plus the fact that, despite being tenth in the table coming into the festive weekend, the Irons’ elite status is still to be secured, makes for a cautious approach.

Yet Moyes is adamant that both he and the club will not let contract situations go unresolved longer than necessary.

The Hammers boss declared:" Let me tell you, I’d hope that I was experienced enough to make sure I was doing all the correct things – when it was needed and at the right times.

“All I can say is, yes, we're in a good position.

“I think COVID is playing a part for a lot of clubs with any contracts getting given out just now. I'd have thought if anything, it will shut down. How do you do it?

“I'm hoping I don't ever have to use the R word this year but until you get 40 points then you do have to sometimes. That also plays a part as well.

“And because the crowds aren't there it makes it really difficult for the owners – not just for our club but for any club.”

After the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea last Monday, West Ham, who have 21 points from 14 games, host struggling Brighton tomorrow.

The one problem for Moyes to solve is who can fill the boots of top scorer Michail Antonio as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury.

Ivory Coast hitman Seb Haller is still not finding the net regularly and the Scottish coach says he is looking at potential alternatives to lead the line.

However, ex-Hull playmaker Jarrod Bowen, with four goals and two assists in the Premier League this term, is unlikely to be switched from wide right.

“Where we have a problem is a goalscoring centre-forward,” Moyes explained.

“If you look at his goals record for Hull, Jarrod was normally 13, 14 or 15 a season as a wide player.

“He plays a similar role for us. We’re looking for goals and assists from him as it's a big part of his game we rely on.

“He’s made the step up well but there’s still more to come from him. He can continue to make improvements in his game.

"Yes, we’d like more goals from him but he's been consistent and we’re pleased. Overall, he’s making a big contribution to the team.”

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