ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Brom boss Slaven Bilic wants to bring West Ham right-back Jeremy Ngakia to the Hawthorns at the end of this month.
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The 19-year-old has said his goodbyes to everyone at the London Stadium, and he won’t be playing another game for the Hammers with his contract set to expire on June 30th (ExWHUemployee).
Ngakia burst onto the scene in east London earlier this year when he made his senior debut against Liverpool in January.
The teenager only made five Premier League appearances for West Ham. But he really impressed. So losing him for nothing will be a big blow for David Moyes.
And Ngakia would be a great addition for West Brom.
One in, one out at the Hawthorns?
Nathan Ferguson is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace (Sky Sports). So the addition of a new right-back is an absolute must for the Baggies.
ExWHUemployee explained how West Brom are strongly interested in the West Ham teen, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday, June 24th):
“It’s believed that the latest club to be strongly interested in Ngakia is West Brom. There’s a strong chance that they will be in the Premier league next season. Their right-back Nathan Ferguson is out of contract himself and has possibly agreed to join Crystal Palace. So Bilic has maybe said to him you will come in and you’ll be our right-back.”
Losing Ngakia for nothing sums up just how poorly West Ham have been run in recent times.
The Daily Mail suggest that the Hammers offered Ngakia a new £5,000 per week deal to remain at the London Stadium – a massive £15,000 per week less than the teenager was demanding.
So it’s no surprise that he has left.
What makes it even worse is that the east London outfit extended Pablo Zabaleta’s deal until the end of the season. Surely that money would have been better off invested into a young hot prospect like Ngakia?
Clearly the board didn’t think so, however. And West Brom would be getting their hands on a really talented young player, if Bilic does indeed bring the 19-year-old to the Hawthorns.