Conor Coventry is holding out for more money in his contract negotiations with West Ham United, as reported by Football Insider.
The 19-year-old is reportedly demanding £5,000 a week during negotiations about a contract extension with the club, with his current deal coming to an end in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt.
However, West Ham are not willing to pay him that amount, as they want to see evidence the Republic of Ireland U21 international can play in the Premier League before doing so.
Coventry has played a total of 53 minutes for the Hammers’ first-team, all of which have come in the Carabao Cup.
The first 45 of those came in the form of a substitute appearance during an 8-0 victory over Macclesfield Town last season, while the other 8 came courtesy of a cameo in the 2-0 win over Newport County.
He has shown promising signs at youth level, having become captain of West Ham U23s, while also going on to play in 8 of Republic of Ireland U21s’ last 9 matches.
While it is important for a player to get what they are worth, it seems a bit early for Coventry to be worrying about contract negotiations.
It needs to be ensured this doesn’t impact the focus he has on his development and working towards getting a place in the first-team – if he is able to get the £5,000 a week then great, but he shouldn’t risk his future with the club over it.
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