Hammers hit by player’s refusal to sign new deal

Exclusive by Hugh Southon

Promising Hammers right back Jeremy Ngakia has refused to sign a new deal with the club and will walk away from the London Stadium on June 30.

Everybody at the club feels badly let down by the 19 year old’s decision under the guidance of his agent David Dixon of Player Works  after months  of negotiations but the player and his representatives didn’t give their answer until last night (Thurs).

However, the decision does clear the  way for another brilliant prospect Ben Johnson to challenge fit again Ryan Fredericks when the season resumes although the youngster  has been hit by injuries on a regular basis.

The Hammers had  made various offers to Ngakia as they had done Johnson and Grady Diangana before him but eventually the youngster decided to reject them  through Dixon.

It will come as no surprise now of course if the player joins a new club in the near future.

It means of course that he will not be around to complete the renewal of a season which is scheduled to kick off again on June 12th or 19th which seems a harsh manner in which to conduct the business.


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13 comments on “Hammers hit by player’s refusal to sign new deal

  1. I heard we were offering him scholarship level wages.

  2. How did we let this happen? The club is desparate to bring through young academy players and yet he played in the first team like Declan whom we could have lost in the same way. Something not gelling here and it will cost us dear if not addressed.


  4. The lad has been badly advised & has had smoke blown up his backside by his agent. He has played a total of four 1st team games. If he thinks he can walk into the starting eleven at a bigger club imho he will be disappointed.
    Can the club offer a kid £20/30k on the back of four games? Been there, done that & got burned with Reece Oxford.

  5. don’t see how this is the club’s fault.

    the player has clearly got too big for his boots and wants too much money, driven by a greedy agent. we’ve been here before.

    take him out the squad and let him go. we’ll get compensation, buy another right back and carry on.

  6. Sorry another young player who has been overhyped by some fans. Yes he has shown promise but I have watched him in games too and he has some very poor mistakes. Johnson is a better player and has a lot more potential, he is the one to keep. I have no issued with him leaving but we will now need to buy a proper right back in the summer to bring along Johnson. Zaba is leaving and Fredericks just no where near PL standard.

    • Hopefully this isn’t greed by the hated agents of football turning the head of a player like many others who cant sort their own contracts out and let these hated agents ruin football and make themselves rich producing nothing for football the country only themselves. This should and can be banned if the fa grew a pair worldwide and players started using their brains instead of playing golf . If the club has put in a decent contract for Jeremy whose only played a few first team games and certainly wont walk into another premier club straight away then its totally greed byboth player and agent again. Great as we then get in a player that can slot in straight away and Ben can be back up with fred sold on . Also need a left back with cresswell and masu both not good enough In that left back slot imo

  7. I am sure no Hammers fan will be surprised to read this . A comment above says run like a circus … if only it were that good !! It is appalling . Everything done on the cheap . Run like a second hand stall down Ridley Road Market . A shambles . Owners showing their true colours again .

    • I assume you believe the same wastrue of Rice, Diangana and Holland?

    • Based on what evidence, Peter? Do you know how much the player’s agent is asking for? Do you know the opinion of the manager and coaching staff? The opinion of the owners? Our budget? Didn’t think so.

      People like you are the problem with our club – people who are devoid of constructive, balanced praise and criticism who instead choose to catastrophise every decision the club makes that you personally (with all your insider knowledge…) disagree with.

      I choose to trust the club and their verdict on a player who shows promise but is demonstrating everything that is wrong with today’s game; a lack of humility, patience and realism.

      Now, get your opinion down to Ridley Road Market where it will fit right in, sir.

    • That’s a bit of a cheap shot!.No one knows why he is not renewing his contract.

  8. I liked watching him play. Won’t see much of that going forward.
    Players are commodities, bought, sold, traded. Few have the kind of loyalty demonstrated by Noble.
    Consider that the next time he seems slow or off the pace.

  9. Can anyone think of other young players who decided to move on, e.g. Domingos Quina? Would be interested to learn about what happened to them… Was moving better or worse for them… I appreciate there’s no way of knowing what might have happened if they’d stayed, but wondering if there is a pattern of fortune for them, or heartbreak…

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