West Ham sign teenager Rice on long-term deal

West Ham sign teenager Rice on long-term deal

Rice was widely praised for his recent performance against Southampton during the Hammers 2-1 victory with manager Manuel Pellegrini hailing his focus.

The South coast side found it tough in a physical game and labored against a hard opposition.

He said: "It's never in doubt that we look at every player on the pitch".

Pellegrini hopes to fight for European football and has backed Anderson to enjoy an even better second half of the season, with the Brazilian already on eight goals.

Pellegrini was left delighted the east Londoners could step up to ninth in the league at the halfway stage, having lost their first four matches of the campaign.

'Not because I think we deserve to be higher, because we started very bad, but I think this team must demonstrate what they can do and we have to continue to prove we are a big club'.

The Chilean wants to see the Hammers push further up the table, but is loath to set a definitive target for where his side should finish.

The game sprung to life when Southampton forward Nathan Redmond bundled the ball home with his shoulder in the 50th minute after visiting keeper Lukazs Fabianski parried his initial shot and Oriol Romeu's rebound.

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"But now we need to improve and to have that ambitious, winning mentality".

"When I got moved to the first team full-time, the way he has mentored me has gone to another level". In midfield, the Hammers have skipper Mark Noble and Rice, while Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic play.

Yesterday, Herald columnist and former City defender Richard Dunne suggested Pep Guardiola needs to enter the January transfer market to bolster his squad and more pointedly, sign a midfielder that can do a job similar to City's current midfield lynchpin Fernandinho.

There's very few players this season who have laid down such a strong marker where they're nearly written on the team-sheet before it's even considered. "It was too easy how we gave our lead away, and that's what we have to analyse and talk about in the next few days".

"But what we did in this moment was to shoot when there were 10 players standing in front".

"West Ham have good attacking prowess but they do at times leave pockets where you can work in".

"He's not thinking about that today, trust me", Dyche said.

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