Jeremy Ngakia is not expected to play for West Ham again after snubbing a new contract, Football Insider has learned.
The right-back, 19, has knocked back the club’s offer of a lucrative long-term deal and is even unwilling to sign an extension to his agreement expiring on 30 June.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that David Moyes now intends to freeze out the Ngakia after a breakdown in relations between the player and the club.
With the Hammers locked in a relegation battle, the manager wants fully committed players he can rely on.
Barring what now appears an unlikely change of heart, Ngakia is set to quit at the end of the month without playing another match for the club.
He had broken into the Hammers first team before the lockdown and had given club chiefs hope they would not need to dip into the transfer market to sign a summer replacement for the departing Pablo Zabaleta.
Ngakia made four league starts, including two against Liverpool as well as in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal shortly earlier this year.
The speedy youngster dealt particularly well with player-of-the-year contender Sadio Mane to give hope West Ham had an unpolished gem on their hands.
But he is now set to depart without adding to his handful of first-team appearances.
West Ham are set to return to the market for a new right-back but their targets will depend on which division they are in next season.
In January, they had a £12million bid for Matty Cash rejected by Nottingham Forest and also tabled offers for Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen and Genk’s Joakim Maehle as well as showing an interest in Toulouse’s Kelvin Amian Adou.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that a Hammers forward has rejected the club’s offer of a new deal as he eyes shock exit.