Date: 14th October 2019 at 7:00am
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The future of West Ham starlet Conor Coventry is up in the air because he is demanding a £5,000-a-week new contract, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League club are in discussions with the 19-year-old about an extension to his current deal, which expires next summer.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that discussions have yet to result in an agreement because Coventry’s representatives are holding out for a deal worth £260,000 annually.

The Hammers hierarchy believe that is too steep for a player with just two first-team appearances under his belt, both of which have come in the League Cup.

West Ham prefer to see evidence a young player can cut it in the Premier League before handing out the kind of contract Coventry is seeking.

The club had their fingers burned by paying Reece Oxford a massive salary while he was still in his teens and before he had really proved himself.

Coventry is a defensive midfielder who plays regularly for West Ham Under-23s and is following a similar path to first-team sensation Declan Rise.

The Republic of Ireland youth international was included in the Hammers’ first-team photograph in August and was given eight minutes as a substitute in the 2-0 League Cup win over Newport County in late August.

Coventry was on the bench for the subsequent 4-0 drubbing at the hands of League One Oxford United and has not been named in a Premier League squad this season.

Nearly all of his football has been for the Under-23s, where he is the captain and midfield fulcrum.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that an attacker has told the club he will sign for them after snubbing extension from Premier League giants.