West Ham face fight to keep teenage starlet Jeremy Ngakia as defender turns down £5,000-a-week deal with contract expiring this summer
- Jeremy Ngakia is set to leave West Ham as a free agent and has plenty of suitors
- Hammers offered teenager £5000-per-week but it was turned down by player
- His representatives are thought to be holding out for £20,000-per-week deal
- Ngakia has impressed in his four appearances for West Ham this season
West Ham are facing a fight to hang onto teenage starlet Jeremy Ngakia.
West Ham have failed to agree a new deal with the defender, who broke into the first team this season, and time is running out to tie him down.
Ngakia’s current contract expires at the end of this season and he is on course to leave having turned down an offer worth up to £5000-per-week.
Jeremy Ngakia (right) has impressed for West Ham when given opportunities but could leave
West Ham were hoping to agree a one-year extension before going on to sort out a longer and bigger deal down the line.
Their offer, though, was deemed not reflective of his potential or progress and the 19 year-old and his camp are understood to be holding out for up to £20,000-a-week and a longer commitment from the club.
Ngakia’s current contract expires on June 30 giving West Ham time to return with an improved offer.
Ngakia has turned down the offer on the table and may become a free agent in the summer
The expiration date can be pushed back to account for the season continuing beyond June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However any short-term extension would require the agreement of both parties.
Ngakia has impressed in his four appearances for West Ham this season after being surprisingly promoted to the first team and filling in ahead of Pablo Zabaleta when Ryan Fredericks was injured.
He was handed his debut against Liverpool in January and also played the full match in West Ham’s three games before football was suspended, against the champions elect, Southampton and Arsenal.
The teenage talent is understood to be holding out for a longer commitment from the club
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