By Wayne Veysey

2nd Aug, 2021 | 7:26am

Sources: West Ham tell Coventry he is free to leave this week after Peterborough swoop

West Ham have told midfielder Conor Coventry he is free to leave this week, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news on Saturday (31 July) that Peterborough have made a move to sign the 21-year-old.

Now an Irons source has told Football Insider that manager David Moyes is willing to loan out Coventry ahead of the new Championship season starting this weekend.

Second-tier new boys Posh face competition for Coventry’s services from at least two other clubs in the division.

The midfielder and fans favourite has delivered some outstanding displays in pre-season and his departure would leave many supporters disappointed.

It is understood these displays had Moyes pondering whether to keep the young midfielder around the first-team squad heading into the new campaign.

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Coventry has scored two goals in pre-season wins over Northampton Town and Reading.

He started both those games and was in from the start in the Hammers’ clash with Dundee United.

The midfielder was also used off the bench as the Irons hammered Celtic 6-2.

Coventry has made just three appearances for the Irons during his career, all in the League Cup.

He also has seven games of League One experience under his belt after a loan spell with Lincoln in 2020.

Last season he made 18 appearances in the Premier League 2 and despite being mainly deployed as a defensive midfielder he scored five goals.

Coventry was also regularly named on the bench for Premier League games in the final weeks of the season.

Peterborough are preparing for their first Championship campaign since being relegated in 2013.

Manager Darren Ferguson views Coventry as a young talent who could step sraight into the second tier.

In other news, pundit suggests ‘gentleman’s agreement’ for new signing as West Ham seal Areola deal.