West Ham will not alter plans of handing a new deal to Ogbonna despite him sustaining a season-ending injury, according to ExWHUemployee.

The 33-year-old suffered an ACL injury which is likely to keep him out of action until mid-2022.

He was a regular for David Moyes prior to that and it is understood that the Hammers hierarchy are keen to keep him at the club for another year with his deal expiring this summer.

ExWHUemployee shared an update and wrote, “Angelo Ogbonna has been told he will still be given a one-year extension deal despite injury ruling him out until his contract expiry in the summer.”

Good move?

Ogbonna is on the wrong side of 30 and there are no guarantees that he’s going to be the same player after his injury.

Setbacks of this nature usually take a lot away from players and the Italian could suffer from something similar.

His body is also not in an ideal shape to recover, given his age, so it comes as a bit of a surprise.

Ideally, the club should look for a younger alternative as he would be there for a longer time.

If Ogbonna staying means that another centre-back will not join, then it will be viewed as bad business.

There’s no denying the player he is, and he has been praised by Darren Gough as well. [November 2021]

“He has been outstanding. He is a threat on both ends of the pitch. He has been a consistent pick for Moyes. But they’ve got some good, experienced replacements,” he said on talkSPORT.

It remains to be seen how things transpire over the coming months.

In other West Ham news, the club have made contact to sign an int’l striker & a £17m January move is now on the cards

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