By Noel Whelan

31st Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Whelan slams West Ham for treating Coufal like '18-year-old' after Sky update

Noel Whelan has slammed West Ham for reportedly offering Vladimir Coufal a heavily incentivised new contract.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Irons had treated the 28-year-old like a teenager in talks over a new deal.

As reported by Sky Sports (July 26th), Coufal is growing frustrated in negotiations over a new contract.

It is said the initial offer tabled by West Ham is weighted on appearance and performance-based incentives rather than a significant rise in his basic wage.

The Czech Republic star signed a three-year deal when he joined last summer.

Whelan insisted if the Irons want to tie him down, they need to reward him properly.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t think that’s right. Look at last year with his performances and what he brought to the side.

“I think you start throwing in incentives when kids are coming through and signing their first professional form. This, to me, doesn’t seem right.

“If he is a big player and he’s that important to you, then you put the money down straight away.

“It’s a very simple signing of a contract: ‘It’s what you deserve for what you put in last season. We don’t want to lose you and we want to show you your worth.’

“That comes down to a lump sum that you’re going to be getting each week. Not really on incentives because he’s part of a team that got you into Europe.

“He drove you there so well last season with some assists too. I’m not surprised he’s very disappointed.

“They are taking a risk in putting a contract in front of somebody like that with incentives. It’s what you would do with an 18 or 19-year-old.”

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