West Ham are planning no further talks with midfielder Conor Coventry about a new contract this season with the outcome of the pair’s deadlock looking likely to be settled by a tribunal, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers source state that a tribunal, where a fee will be fixed for him to leave the club, is looking likely as the Hammers are refusing to break their pay code at academy and development team level.
Claret & Hugh quote a very highly placed source who states that the deadlock may only be broken by a comprise on Coventry’s side as the pay structures in place need to be respected.
Claret & Hugh previously claimed that the Hammers were prepared to let Coventry’s transfer fee be set by a tribunal as they are willing to release him at the end of his contract, and it seems that wasn’t just an empty threat. This latest update makes it seems like it’s full steam ahead towards a tribunal and that the only way this situation has a positive outbreak is if Coventry lowers his wage demands. Given that Coventry’s contract issues have been reported for a little while now, you feel if the 19-year-old had any intention to cave he would have by now. This is especially the case when you consider the midfielder isn’t likely to be short of offers. Football Insider recently reported that there were already clubs all ready to meet the midfielder’s wage demands and that clubs were willing to show him a clear route to their first-team. Coventry has only made two appearances for the senior side, and it seems that fans shouldn’t expect to see him take part in many more outings for the first-team based on his current scenario.