By Saikat Mandal

5th Sep, 2022 | 2:40pm

West Ham United defender Harrison Ashby could reject new deal

West Ham youngster Harrison Ashby could reject a new deal at the club, as per Claret and Hugh.

The reliable Hammers source wrote on their website (5 September) that chances are there that the young right-back may reject the option to extend his stay at the club.

Leeds United and Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the youngster during the transfer window, but he was not allowed to leave, as per Alan Nixon.

Both Leeds and the Magpies rate him highly, and the Whites are expected to make a move for him in the January transfer window.

What’s going on?

He has a contract at the club until the end of the season, and David Moyes will have six months’ time to convince him to pen a new deal.

The Hammers have two good players in the right-back position – Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal – and Ashby may find it hard to get into the senior side at the moment.

With Johnson now out with injury, this could open the door for the 20-year-old to get some minutes. Moyes can use him in the Europa Conference League, but whether it will be enough to persuade him to stay remains to be seen.

There is a suggestion that young academy players at the club are sceptical about committing their long-term futures at the club. They think they can move elsewhere and get regular games.

The question is if Newcastle can look to integrate Ashby into their star-studded squad, why can’t the Hammers do the same? Leeds signed Sonny Perkins from West Ham this summer, and it would be a real shame if the Hammers lose another young talent to the same club in January.

It might not have any impact on their senior squad, but it would send a wrong message to other academy players.