West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic will be a hypocrite if he signs departing West Ham United star Jeremy Ngakia.
West Ham have announced Ngakia will be leaving on June 30th after rejecting a long-term contract and refusing to extend his deal until the new end of the season.
Now reliable insider ExWHUemployee has claimed that former Hammers boss Bilic wants to bring the departing West Ham right-back to West Brom at the end of this month.
Ngakia leaving West Ham in the lurch
The 19-year-old only made five Premier League appearances for West Ham. But he instantly established himself as the first-choice right-back ahead of Ryan Fredericks and veteran Pablo Zabaleta.
Losing Ngakia is a major blow for Moyes with West Ham in the thick of the relegation mire.
West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace (Sky Sports). So a new right-back is high on the agenda 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,” ExWHUemployee said.
“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.”
Bilic wants Ngakia despite angry outburst
But Bilic would be a huge hypocrite if he is to sign Ngakia. That’s after his angry outburst this week following his own Ngakia problem with Ferguson leaving.
Bilic told Sky Sports: “What’s the point in producing the players if you are just producing them for someone else?
“That [the Palace move] was like a secret for the last few months. We did our best.
“We gave him a chance when he was extremely young. He was one of those players where we said we didn’t need anyone else in that position, because we believe in him big time.
“Basically, there’s no point to have the academies, because you can’t tie the player up for long periods until he reaches a certain age. The player, the agent, the parents or whatever, they just take him and that has to be changed, because we are a good club, and we can’t buy another Nathan Ferguson.
“To replace him, we would have to spend £15m for a full-back, and we can’t spend that money on a player in that position.”
Bilic guilty of hypocrisy if West Brom sign departing Hammer
But no sooner had Bilic made his impassioned speech about the flaws in the system than he appears to be willing to take full advantage of it himself.
West Brom signing Ngakia is exactly the same. So it smacks of hypocrisy and completely ruins the Croatian’s argument, even if Bilic has taken the view ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’.
Bilic is a firm favourite with fans from his time as a player and manager at West Ham.
He led West Ham to their highest ever Premier League points total in the last ever season at Upton Park.
But now he could be set to take advantage of his old club. And possibly even replace West Ham in the Premier League with West Brom.