West Ham are still trying to persuade right-back Jeremy Ngakia into staying at the club, according to insider ExWhuemployee.
Despite Hammers boss David Moyes having stated last week that he expects the 19-year-old to leave the London Stadium at the end of the month, the club still appear to be working behind the scenes.
Fans on Twitter want West Ham to offer Ngakia a contract which he will accept:
GSB better dip their hands in their pockets, this lad could be key to keeping us up
— West Ham Opinions (@WHUFanOpinions) June 13, 2020
They should give him a decent contract then and let Zab retire.
— Jonesy ☆ (@RockyWhu) June 13, 2020
I have a feeling its not about the money but more about being wanted. He's been back up to Johnson for a long time and I suspect feels passed over. So when he performed in the first team against the best teams he may have hoped for better recognition and support from the club.
— Toby Gould (@samizgould) June 13, 2020
A goal… must be worth a £25 book voucher from #GSB He’ll be made up.
— West Ham Geezer ⚒ (@WHUFCGeezer) June 13, 2020
Use zaba wages to get him signed up long term
— will earle (@willearle_) June 13, 2020
It’s little bit of a joke that we’re offering him 5k, tried to low ball Rice contract and now Ngakia, If we want to be a premier league club still, we’re gonna need to start paying premier league club wages.
— John Rocker (@LowkeyKdot) June 13, 2020
dont know why they dont just offer him the reported 10k a week that he wants. we about to get 140k a week off the wage bill when Sanchez and Zaba go.
— Ollie Galley (@ollieG8) June 13, 2020
— Alfie ⚒ (@alfsterpmc) June 13, 2020
Its mad how our board thats made up of a team of businessmen/women won't pay the future RB sofa change, however they will continue to pay Zab and Sanchez pop star wages for the rest of the season. Baffling.
— Matthew ⚒️ (@mattjdaley94) June 13, 2020
Maybe just give him what he wants
— Andy Murton (@AndyMurton1) June 13, 2020
There is no doubt that both sides are partly to blame for this situation. While Ngakia should not be demanding high wages considering he has only played four times for the first team, the Irons shouldn’t have lowballed him either.
Offering an initial one-year extension to Ngakia’s scholarship hardly shows the defender that he is wanted by the club. West Ham have until June 23rd to agree a new deal or the player will leave when his current contract expires on June 30th.