David Moyes has decided to “pull the plug” on Conor Coventry’s loan move away from West Ham United, according to reports.
The midfielder is highly rated at the London Stadium and he made his senior debut for them in the EFL Cup in 2018.
Coventry has played a further two times since then and he had a spell on loan with League One side Lincoln City during the 2019/20 campaign.
The 21-year-old has impressed during pre-season but he was expected to spend the 2021/22 season on loan elsewhere. Last week, Football Insider reported that Championship side Peterborough United were interested in him.
They add that Moyes has had a change of heart about his plans for the midfielder. He now wants to have him involved in their first team this term.
This comes as the Hammers are reportedly trying to centre his new contract on performance-based incentives.
Whelan said: “I don’t think that’s right. Look at last year with his performances and what he brought to the side.
“I think you start throwing in incentives when kids are coming through and signing their first professional form. This, to me, doesn’t seem right.
“If he is a big player and he’s that important to you, then you put the money down straight away.
“It’s a very simple signing of a contract: ‘It’s what you deserve for what you put in last season. We don’t want to lose you and we want to show you your worth.’
“That comes down to a lump sum that you’re going to be getting each week. Not really on incentives because he’s part of a team that got you into Europe.
“He drove you there so well last season with some assists too. I’m not surprised he’s very disappointed.
“They are taking a risk in putting a contract in front of somebody like that with incentives. It’s what you would do with an 18 or 19-year-old.”