West Ham defender Jeremy Ngakia will leave the Hammers at the end of the month after rejecting a significant offer from the club, BBC Sport reports.
Ngakia has impressed during the five games he’s played in his breakthrough season in the Premier League and he has been linked with various clubs, including Liverpool.
He most recently featured in West Ham’s first game back after lockdown, a 2-0 defeat to Wolves.
However, the 19-year-old wasn’t present in the 20-man squad in their loss to Tottenham on Tuesday night, indicating that the full-back had made the decision on his future.
An official West Ham statement read:
In line with our structure and policy, Ngakia was offered significantly improved terms to reward his breakthrough into the first-team squad this year, along with further contractual enhancements linked to his future progress and success. However, the player and his representatives declined to accept any of the offers, and also turned down a short-term extension until the end of the current season.
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Ngakia looks to be an exciting young prospect at right-back and at only 19, he has plenty more to offer.
However, with Trent Alexander-Arnold being just 21 years old and not going anywhere for a while, opportunities for Ngakia would be scarce.
Also, with Neco Williams impressing in his cameo performance last night against Crystal Palace, the right-back slot at Liverpool will be a very tough position to stake a claim in as a youngster.
Watford have also been reported as one of the clubs interested in Ngakia, which could be the more sensible option for game time at this moment in time.