West Ham are refusing to break the club’s Under 23 pay code to accommodate demands from midfielder Conor Coventry’s advisers.
The Hammers have a rigid pay policy in place for youth players as was demonstrated when Declan Rice’s new deal was being negotiated.
At the time it was revealed that, before agreeing a six year contract, the England international was earning £2,500 a week which is the wage ceiling at academy/Under 23 at that level of the club.
But as reported by ClaretandHugh several days ago, Coventry’s agents, Base Soccer, are looking to blow a hole in it and want – according to some reports – as much as £5k for their client.
Given that the 19 year old has yet to make a single Premier League appearance, the club are rigidly resisting the demands and will be ready to let any fee be set by a Tribunal should it lead to his departure from the club.