By Pranav Shahaney

5th Sep, 2021 | 6:59pm

West Ham settle dispute with Watford over Jeremy Ngakia

West Ham have reportedly settled their dispute with Watford over Jeremy Ngakia before the matter was referred to an independent tribunal.

According to Claret & Hugh, terms of the settlement were resolved earlier this year so the compensation that Watford owe the Hammers is confidential, but it’s understood to be in the six-figure region.

The London club would only have received compensation for the right-back’s investment in training at the West Ham Academy as a teenager and not his current market valuation.

He’s made over 20 appearances for Watford since moving last season, but the Hammers are unhappy by the fact that he’s not at the London Stadium.

The report read, “A club insider told Claret and Hugh ‘He’s not torn down trees for them, but might still turn our good, we didn’t want to leave him us’.”

Settled finally

The 20-year-old was a decent prospect at West Ham and it’s no surprise that the club wanted to keep a hold of him.

Getting six and not seven figures for him will be seen as an additional hammer blow as they’ve lost hold of the player and have failed to pocket decently from his departure as well.

He was offered a new deal towards the end of the extended 2019/20 Premier League campaign, but to no avail.

Both he and his agents turned down the offers put on the table for him, so in a way, it’s good that he’s not at the club anymore.

Having players with that sort of attitude can only be disruptive for the dressing room.

The Hammers have a good young right-back in Ben Johnson so Ngakia’s absence may not be felt a great deal.

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