West Ham United could cost themselves the top class central midfield partner they have been sorely lacking for Declan Rice.
The future of highly-rated West Ham youngster Conor Coventry is hanging in the balance.
Coventry has spent the best part of a decade at West Ham.
But the young Irishman could leave the Hammers as he is unhappy with the contract offered to him by the club, according to The Guardian.
Coventry the answer to West Ham’s midfield problems?
Coventry, who has been with West Ham from the age of 10, made his debut against Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup last season.
The Republic of Ireland youth international also appeared against Newport County earlier this season.
He has not been used since, though, despite Manuel Pellegrini’s woeful lack of options and mobility in central midfield.
According to reports ‘several clubs’ are showing an interest in signing Coventry.
His existing deal expires next summer and, because of his age, West Ham would only entitled to compensation if he leaves under freedom of contract.
Contract stalemate could cost Hammers
Now according to Claret & Hugh talks between the club and player’s agent have hit a brick wall.
And the website claims they are unlikely to be resurrected until nearer the end of the season.
Former Academy boss Terry Westley told C&H that West Ham must look to get the situation resolved.
“I know the boy well and he’s a very good player whom the club would do well to hang onto,” Westley told C&H.
“Both he and his family are great people and he is no way being difficult. There can always a bit of a problem when they see others like Grady Diangana and Declan going right up the pay scale but I’m sure this can be worked out and would urge the two sides to come together and sort this one out.”
Wage bump should not be a problem
West Ham slashed over £700,000 off their weekly wage bill when they shipped out 11 players in the summer.
So there is plenty of room to invest a small portion of it in securing Coventry’s future.
That in turn could end up saving the club millions in the transfer market.
West Ham clearly need central midfield reinforcements. And Coventry ticks all the boxes.