By Sam Stone

1st Dec, 2022 | 9:10am

Harrison Ashby set to exit West Ham United for a 'nominal fee'

Harrison Ashby’s move from West Ham to Newcastle United “will happen” as the 21-year-old edges closer to his London Stadium exit, according to 90min.

It’s understood there was hope Ashby would renew his contract but it now appears the defender will sign for the Magpies for a “nominal fee” (90min, 30 November).

Ashby’s move to St James’ Park is likely to happen in January rather than the end of the season, with the full-back yet to feature for the Hammers in the Premier League.

Newcastle’s interest appears to have remained after the Magpies nearly signed the full-back on deadline day (ExWHUemployee, 1 September).

Good riddance

Considering West Ham have developed Ashby over a number of years, it’s a poor move from the youngster to turn down the club’s contract offers. Ashby is still young and improving and would’ve been an important player for the Hammers in the future.

Much like Sonny Perkins in the summer, his agent has clearly got in his ear and has made ridiculous demands when it comes to his wage demands. For a player who has played the majority of his career in the Hammers’ under-21s side, it’s not a good look. With Vladimir Coufal potentially leaving the club, Ashby would’ve been given more chances by David Moyes.

This is one for West Ham to put behind them and ensure that they fall into the same situation again. Getting their younger talents tied down to longer deals earlier has to be a priority moving forward.

It appears the club are already trying to bolster their right-back options with 90min suggesting the Hammers are “impressed” with Celtic defender Josip Juranović.