West Ham are being cautious in their talks over a new contract for Harrison Ashby, despite Leeds United‘s links with the right-back.
That’s according to journalist Dean Jones, who says that the Hammers do not want any deal impact potential agreements with other members of their squad.
Reports on the final day of the summer transfer window had claimed that Leeds were making a late move to sign Ashby from the Hammers, although no deal for the 20-year-old eventually materialised.
However, it was subsequently claimed that Leeds will make a fresh attempt to sign the right-back in the January window.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that West Ham are working on a new contract for Ashby, in a bid to ward off that interest, with his current deal expiring next summer.
Now however, it seems that the Hammers will not be going all out in their negotiations, judging by these latest comments from Jones.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the situation around West Ham’s talks with Ashby over a new deal, the reporter said: “West Ham have to try and sort out the situation.
“They’re very cautious about giving him a big, new contract because of the knock-on effect it might have to other players within the set-up. This is a situation that is going to be ongoing for a little bit.”
You feel this is one that Leeds ought to be keeping an eye on going forward.
Admittedly, it does seem slightly strange that they are talking another right-back, with Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen and Cody Drameh on the books in that position.
But if they really are serious about adding another in that area, the fact West Ham are not going all out could make it hard for them to agree a new deal, and open the door for Leeds to swoop themselves.
With that in mind, this does look like being one that could run for quite some time, and where Ashby ends up, could certainly impact a number of other individuals.