West Ham fury over Sonny Perkins exit at player’s agents and rival transfer bid

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Highly rated: Sonny Perkins  (Getty Images)
Highly rated: Sonny Perkins (Getty Images)

West Ham are “disappointed” with the representatives of academy forward Sonny Perkins after confirming the teenager’s departure and say they “strongly believe” an approach from a rival club led him to push for an exit.

Perkins has rejected multiple offers of a professional contract at the London Stadium, and though West Ham will be entitled to compensation from the 18-year-old’s next club, the Hammers are furious with the situation.

The Hammers have not confirmed whether they will be making a formal complaint but in a strong statement said they “believe the rules and structures in place at the Football Association and Premier League should be upheld at all times”.

Perkins made his debut in the Europa League group stage clash with Rapid Vienna last term and has made three appearances in all for David Moyes’ first team.

“West Ham United invests millions of pounds annually into its world-renowned Academy of Football – and naturally the Club is extremely disappointed that Sonny has chosen not to continue his development with the Hammers,” the club statement said.

“The Club is disappointed with Perkins' representatives and strongly believe he was approached to sign for another club which led to him asking to be released from his scholarship at West Ham United.

“West Ham United take this matter very seriously – we believe the rules and structures in place at the Football Association and Premier League should be upheld at all times.

“The Club will be making no further comment.”

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