West Ham United look set to lose young star Jeremy Ngakia at the end of the month.
And reliable West Ham insider has suggested it is because the Hammers have already agreed terms to sign Gonzalo Montiel.
Ngakia looks set to leave West Ham on June 30 after refusing to sign a new deal worth around £5,000 per week.
More shockingly the young defender nurtured by West Ham’s academy and given his big chance on the Premier League stage by David Moyes, has refused to even extend his stay until the end of a season interrupted by the global health crisis.
Ngakia refusing to extend West Ham stay
The 19-year-old right-back was thrown in at the deep end of West Ham’s Premier League relegation battle before the enforced break.
Moyes showed great trust in the youngster, selecting him ahead of veteran Pablo Zabaleta.
Despite uncertainty over Ngakia’s future, Moyes played him for one portion of West Ham’s friendly with Crystal Palace at the weekend.
And Ngakia is said to have turned in a superb display as he scored a wonderful goal to secure a 2-1 victory.
There has been talk Ngakia wants £10,000 per week to stay.
Many West Ham fans have turned on owners David Sullivan and David Moyes for not agreeing to the terms to keep such a highly rated homegrown talent – read full story here.
Insider suggests Hammers transfer agreement has sparked Ngakia departure
But it seems there is more to Ngakia’s refusal to commit his future to West Ham.
ExWHUemployee says one telling factor could be that West Ham have already agreed terms with Argentine right-back Montiel, who has been recommended to the club by Manuel Lanzini.
“One of the reasons that Jeremy Ngakia may not been keen to sign his deal is that there is talk we have already agreed terms with a right back, this right back could be the one Lanzini recommended Gonzalo Montiel,” ExWHUemployee said on Monday morning.
One of the reasons that Jeremy Ngakia may not been keen to sign his deal is that there is talk we have already agreed terms with a right back, this right back could be the one Lanzini recommended Gonzalo Montiel.
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) June 15, 2020
West Ham wanted Montiel in January
West Ham attempted to sign the 23-year-old Argentine in January.
That’s according to TyC who claim that the east London outfit made a £400,000 loan offer for the right-back, with an option to buy for £8.3 million in the summer.
Infobae claims that Montiel has a €20 million (£17.8 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with River Plate.