is Ham is ‘disappointed’ with representatives for academy striker Sonny Perkins after confirming the teenager’s departure and says they ‘firmly believe’ an approach from a rival club brought him on to push for an exit.
Perkins has rejected several professional contract offers at the London Stadium, and although West Ham are 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 make a formal complaint, but in a firm statement they said they “believe the rules and structures in place at the Football Association and the Premier League should be adhered to at any time”.
Perkins made his debut in the Europa League group stage clash with Rapid Vienna last season and has made three appearances in all for David Moyes’ first team.
“West Ham United invest millions of pounds each year in their world-renowned football academy – and understandably the club are extremely disappointed that Sonny has chosen not to pursue his development with the Hammers,” the club statement read.
“The club are disappointed with Perkins’ representatives and strongly believe he has been approached to sign for another club which has resulted in him asking to be released from his scholarship to West Ham United.
“West Ham United take this matter very seriously – we believe that the rules and structures in place at the Football Association and the Premier League must be respected at all times.
“The Club will make no further comment.”