West Ham fullback Jeremy Ngakia has rejected a new contract to stay with the Hammers, according to reports in the English media.
The Hammers wanted to extend the 19-year-old’s current scholarship for a further year to give themselves more time to negotiate a long-term deal.
However, Ngakia has subsequently decided that the contract on offer is not one befitting of a player who has broken into the first-team setup. There was some sympathy for the right-back on Twitter, who believe he deserves to be given a decent salary, but others were seething:
— ankkah (@real_bonerpizza) May 22, 2020
Typical agents work😴
— Luke Jacobs (@_LukeJacobs10) May 22, 2020
— SK (@Sam_Keenan1) May 22, 2020
I imagine the club will offer him a better deal but don’t want another Reece Oxford scenario.
— Kevin (@Kevin10whu) May 22, 2020
What is wrong with this club? Ffs
— Sam Church (@Sammy_dodgerx) May 22, 2020
Same old West Ham!! More youth talent to leave because we are to tight
— Wellsy Football Index (@paulwel09328714) May 22, 2020
hahaa proper West Ham that
— Matt (@MattR_WHUFC) May 22, 2020
Can’t let this kid go for nothing. He’s the best rb at the club and young
— Els (@ElliotB98) May 22, 2020
Get rid, time to stop these ridiculous wages being paid, hopefully all Premier league clubs can see sense
— Alan Griffiths (@AlanGri42287782) May 22, 2020
Will be a massive waste considering how well he took to the first team
— Tim Whittle (@Tim_meh94) May 22, 2020
It is difficult to make a judgement whilst not knowing the ins and outs of the negotiations. Even so, it does seem as though West Ham have dropped the ball.
Ngakia is not said to be demanding a sizeable basic wage, but yet the London club have managed to make a mess of the whole situation. Hopefully, things can be resolved without them escalating further.