West Ham are planning on offering Jeremy Ngakia a blockbuster new contract, Football Insider has learned.
The right-back, 19, made an instant impression when he was surprisingly promoted to the Hammers first team by David Moyes earlier this year.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club now have high hopes for Ngakia and are keen to hand him a lucrative long-term deal.
The youngster’s current agreement is due to expire at the end of this season.
West Ham have offered to extend it by 12 months but Ngakia has yet to accept that deal as he holds out for a longer term one.
His emergence has altered the transfer focus at the London Stadium after the club made a concerted pursuit of a new right-back 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.
But football’s changed economics due to the coronavirus pandemic mean David Moyes won’t have much cash to play with in the upcoming window.
That could mean Ngakia providing competition for Ryan Fredericks next season rather than a new signing, as had originally been planned.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Hammers youth-team coaches were unsure about Ngakia a season or two ago and he was almost released.
They have been stunned by his amazing emergence and Moyes’ faith has been fully justified .
He made four league starts, including two against Liverpool as well as in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal shortly before the Premier League was suspended.
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.