Young West Ham star Conor Coventry has made no bones about his future amid £70m David Moyes transfer links.
This summer is seen as pivotal to Coventry’s long-term Hammers future.
The retirement of Mark Noble and Moyes’ decision not to take up an option to sign Alex Kral cleared a path for Coventry to stake a claim to be part of the West Ham squad as central midfield back-up to Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek this season.
Coventry – like last year – has featured regularly in pre-season.
But Moyes has signed West Ham-supporting Flynn Downes from Swansea and is said to be desperate to add another central midfielder.
So much so West Ham have had three bids rejected for Lille’s giant young Belgian midfielder Amadou Onana – the latest said to have been around £35m. Talks are ongoing regarding that particular transfer.
The Hammers are also said to have bid around £35m for Napoli box-to-box midfield ace Piotr Zielinski, who has 72 caps for Poland.
It may be an indication that Moyes perhaps does not see Coventry as either being ready or up to the level he needs right now.
Or perhaps the Scot wants a larger pool of differing options for central midfield. Either way if West Ham were to land one of Onana or Zielinski, first team chances will be difficult to come by for Coventry this season.
But young West Ham star Coventry has made no bones about his future amid the £70m worth of Moyes transfer links (whufc.com).
“I feel like I’m ready,” Coventry told whufc.com.
“I’ve spent some time away from the club (on loan) and it’s made me miss the club even more and want to be here even more.
“I feel like I’m ready and I’ve been here so long and all I want to do is play here. Whenever the gaffer needs me I’m ready and hopefully I can get a chance…
“I think so (that I feel more ready for Premier League level). I feel a lot older, a lot more mature and a lot more ready and I think I’m training well.
“Obviously it’s a higher level. This is a team that came seventh in the best league in the world last year, so it’s a massive level, but I feel like I’m there, like I’m ready and I’ve just been really enjoying it…
“I think football is not linear and everyone comes through at different times.
“When I was younger I was smaller and skinnier and it was going to take a bit longer to get to the level, but I feel at the level now and that I’m ready to go, so I’m looking forward to the season…
““Ah, 100 per cent (it would mean the world to me to make it at West Ham).
“I’m 10 minutes from the stadium, my mum and dad worked in East Ham and I’ve been here since I was ten, so I know what it means.
“It’s hard to say without sounding too cringey, but of course I’d love to play here!”