By Anthony Onifade

25th Jan, 2023 | 8:22pm

Rotherham in talks to sign Conor Coventry on loan from West Ham United - Dharmesh Sheth

Rotherham are in talks with West Ham over the loan signing of midfielder Conor Coventry, with the player expected to extend his deal at London Stadium before completing his move, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.

The Hammers academy product has struggled to establish himself in the first team setup ever since his emergence from the youth teams, just making 10 appearances for the club.

The 22-year-old has been shipped out on loan in recent seasons, having spells at Lincoln City, Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons.

His current contract in East London runs out this summer, and the club are reportedly willing to extend it as he seeks a loan move away this month.

According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, [Transfer Centre, 25 January, 07:31pm] Sky Bet Championship basement boys Rotherham are currently in talks with the Hammers to sign the midfielder on loan until the end of the season.

Sheth said: “Rotherham [are] in talks with West Ham United over the loan signing of midfielder Conor Coventry.

The 22-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer, and he is expected to sign an extension before completing his temporary move.

Shame

There was a time when Coventry was supposed to be the next big thing to come out of the Hammers academy, tipped to follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice, and become a household name.

It just hasn’t happened for the 22-year-old since his emergence and has been shipped out to various lower-league clubs to continue his development.

At 22 years of age, it’s probably time the player moves on to discover a new lease of life elsewhere. It’s a shame the club doesn’t see him as that big midfield talent as they did previously.

A loan move elsewhere seems the best move for all parties, but offering a new deal isn’t the way to go. The club should just get rid altogether and focus the efforts on the academy products they currently have at the club.