The chase is on for West Ham starlet Conor Coventry. According to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee on The West Ham Way podcast (Phoenix FM, Wednesday 7th August), Coventry is attracting attention from three different League One clubs.
Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City and Ipswich Town are all vying for Coventry on loan. West Ham are pondering whether to send the defensive midfielder out on loan this summer.
The Republic of Ireland U21 starlet is the captain of the U23 team and has featured for the first-team in pre-season training. But the club could loan Coventry out to get him some experience in a competitive environment. He only has one senior game to his name (in the cup against Macclesfield) and he needs to show he can step up.
Coventry has several options, including staying at West Ham. If he does remain in East London, he has an outside chance of getting some game time as Pedro Obiang departed without West Ham sorting out a replacement.
If Coventry is looking for a loan spell, a move to Coventry would be the best option (and not just because it is amusing). The Sky Blues are well-positioned to compete for promotion, they play attractive football under Mark Robins and they need one more defensive-minded midfielder to compete with Liam Kelly.
Ipswich are also likely to be pushing for promotion. But they have plenty of central midfielders. Coventry might be a luxury player rather than a necessary addition.
Bolton, meanwhile, are in disarray due to off-the-field problems. The Trotters have minus 12 points and Coventry should be at a club with more stability for the season.