West Ham’s majority owner, David Sullivan, is set to engage in discussions with 19-year-old contract rebel Divin Mubama before Christmas, aiming to persuade the talented youngster to extend his deal with the club, as reported by Claret & Hugh.
Expressing the urgency of the situation, Sullivan is keen to convince Mubama to continue his journey with West Ham, where he has been part of the academy since the age of eight. The young striker, however, has grown frustrated with the limited playing time afforded to him this season under manager David Moyes.
Mubama’s struggle for minutes has raised concerns, especially after recent reports in The Athletic indicated that contract negotiations have hit a snag, leading to criticism directed at Moyes. West Ham is wary of the risk of losing their prized academy product for free when his current contract expires at the end of the season, emphasizing the need for a compromise to secure his long-term future at the London Stadium.
Despite the team’s challenges in the striker department this season, with both Michail Antonio and Danny Ings facing criticism for their performances, Mubama has not featured prominently for the Hammers. The youngster, eager for more playing time, had a taste of first-team action last season, scoring his first senior goal in the Europa Conference League. However, opportunities have been scarce in the current campaign.
The uncertainty surrounding Mubama’s contract adds to the list of frustrating decisions under Moyes, with a previous report by Claret & Hugh suggesting that the club is growing discontent with the manager. The situation has heightened speculation about Moyes potentially facing the sack at the London Stadium, adding another layer of complexity to West Ham’s ongoing challenges this season.