West Ham have confirmed a deal for Republic of Ireland U21 midfielder Conor Coventry to join Peterborough on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 21-year-old has been named on the bench for West Ham’s opening three Premier League matches but is yet to make his Hammers league debut and a loan move has been deemed essential to his development.
The deal for the Republic of Ireland U21 skipper contains a break clause in January should either side wish to end the loan move early.
Coventry was heavily involved during the pre-season friendlies but with Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini above him in the pecking order, the midfielder is heading away to gain regular football.
The impending arrival at West Ham of Alex Kral on a loan from Spartak Moscow would see Coventry pushed further from the first team, leading to fewer opportunities to gain playing experience.
football.london understand that Kral’s arrival is set to be confirmed by the club before the end of the transfer window on a season-long loan with an option to buy next summer.
The Hammers option on Kral is for £12million with add-ons potentially taking the deal to £17m if all clauses are met.
Coventry is contracted to West Ham until 2023, with David Moyes understood to be a fan of the Irishman.
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Speaking earlier in August, Moyes said: “He has started [with the first-team] quite well Conor, and I have enjoyed having him.
“At the moment I have got a couple of very good midfield players in Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. I have Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini who can play in those roles as well so I do have players who could play in those roles as well but if we added to it, it might give Conor a chance to get some more games.”
Coventry is expected to see plenty of action for Darren Ferguson’s newly promoted team and joins Joseph Anang, Nathan Holland, Frederik Alves and Mipo Odubeko on loan at EFL clubs.