Jeremy Ngakia has rejected a new £5,000-a-week contract at West Ham United as the defender’s camp continue to hold out for a £20,000 deal instead, according to The Mail.
Considering the Hammers pride themselves on giving a platform to some of the most talented youngsters on English shores, from Declan Rice to Joe Cole, Michael Carrick to Rio Ferdinand, it’s fair to say this has been a week to forget.
According to Sport1, 16-year-old sensation Benicio Boaitey has informed the Hammers that he will be on his way this summer. Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United are jostling for the twinkle-toed wonder-kid.
Ngakia too could be exit-bound unless fresh terms are agreed sooner rather than later.
The Mail points out that the 19-year-old will not be signing a £5,000-a-week deal as he is hoping that a much larger offer comes his way. Ngakia is set to become a free agent in a matter of weeks and West Ham now find themselves in a difficult position.
Do they cave in and meet his demands? Or risk seeing one of the Premier League’s most promising teenagers join a direct rival for absolutely nothing?
Ngakia had looked well placed to establish himself as West Ham’s new first-choice right-back in the post-Pablo Zabaleta, impressing in the first-team since making his debut against Liverpool at the end of January.
“He was terrific. He was fabulous. (Sadio) Mane is as good as anyone in Europe, Jeremy did really well (against him),” Hammers boss David Moyes told Football London at the time.
Moyes, you would think, will be as desperate as anyone for Ngakia to commit his future to the claret and blues.