Contract talks stall with Irons midfielder

Contract talks between  exciting Hammers Under 23 midfield prospect Conor Coventry and the club have stalled with his representatives pushing for nearly double what the club is prepared to pay.
ClaretandHugh was told this afternoon that no further talks are planned until the summer and as things stand it looks as though a transfer fee will be settled at a tribunal.
Coventry has been offered the highest level – £2,500 a week –  for a Development team player  but we understand his representatives Base Soccer Agency are looking for double that figure.
Given that the club were unwilling to be pushed around on increasing Declan Rice’s money until his representatives started talking realistically, there’s no way they will break their academy pay code for Coventry.
A club insider revealed to ClaretandHugh by e-mail: “There has been no progress and we will see where we are at the end of the season when it could go to tribunal. We have to be realistic – Conor has potential but that’s where he is at this point.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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