West Ham United captain Mark Noble has spoken out about Liverpool-linked Jeremy Ngakia’s decision to leave.
Ngakia, 19, rocked West Ham when he refused to sign a new deal with the Hammers or extend his contract until the end of the season.
The right-back had burst onto the scene with West Ham after being trusted in the fullback position by David Moyes.
Ngakia left the Hammers on June 30th with the club insisting they had offered him significantly improved terms to reward his breakthrough into the first-team squad (whufc.com).
He has since been linked with a host of clubs, most notably newly crowned champions Liverpool.
The defender impressed in two games against Liverpool.
And according to an exclusive report from Read Liverpool, the Reds have made contact with Ngakia’s agent.
And it seems as though Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring Ngakia to Anfield this summer.
Read Liverpool claims that the Merseyside outfit have already made contact with the teenage West Ham starlet’s agent.
Although it is suggested that Liverpool have been given a strong response from Ngakia’s camp demanding regular action.
‘He left for the money’ Noble delivers Ngakia verdict
The Ngakia situation has divided West Ham fans. Some feel the player has been ungrateful for the chance West Ham have given him on the Premier League stage.
Others blame the club for not meeting Ngakia’s demands to ensure a young, homegrown talent stays at West Ham.
Now West Ham captain Noble has spoken out on the Ngakia situation in The Evening Standard.
And the Hammers skipper has suggested Ngakia is leaving for big money elsewhere.
“Jeremy’s exit was a strange one,” Noble told The Evening Standard.
“He’s a young player who had played a handful of games for us and I don’t know his situation but it did seem money may have played a big part because he had been playing and I can’t see why he’d want to leave, unless he had a huge offer somewhere else.
“Good luck to him. He’s a great kid and we’ll miss him because you want to keep your good, young players if possible.”
Will Ngakia be lured by money and Klopp’s faith in youth?
West Ham insist they added contractual enhancements to Ngakia linked to his future progress and success.
But his camp turned down every offer.
“The player and his representatives declined to accept any of the offers, and also turned down a short-term extension until the end of the current season,” a West Ham statement said (whufc.com).
Big wages would not be an issue for a club like Liverpool. But Ngakia would clearly face a tough ask for any game time behind the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Reds boss Klopp has showed great faith in young players on the big stage, though.
And that may sway Ngakia’s thinking if Liverpool have made him an offer as claimed.