The Hammers spent more than £160million on strengthening boss David Moyes’ squad during the summer transfer window, but Ashby came close to sealing his departure.
What’s the latest news involving Ashby?
According to The Sun, West Ham have turned their attentions towards attempting to tie Ashby down to a long-term contract.
The report suggests the Hammers were initially open to selling the four-cap Scotland under-21 international during the closing stages of the summer window, which slammed shut earlier this month, but ended up blocking moves to Newcastle United and Leeds United.
It looked like a switch to St James’ Park was in the offing on deadline day, with 90min journalist Toby Cudworth claiming a deal was ‘all but done’, but Ashby has remained in east London.
Leeds’ interest in the right-back is not going away and it is understood that the Yorkshire outfit will return with a bid when the transfer window reopens in January.
While West Ham triggered a one-year option written into his previous contract to ensure he stayed at the club beyond the end of last season, there is still uncertainty over his future as his current deal is due to expire next summer.
What has Dean Jones said about Ashby?
Jones believes West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold need to find a solution with Ashby after he has gained interest from two Premier League rivals.
The transfer insider understands the Hammers are not wanting to offer the 20-year-old a lucrative contract due to fears that other up-and-coming stars would seek improved terms.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “West Ham have to try and sort out the situation.
“They’re very cautious about giving him a big, new contract because of the knock-on effect it might have to other players within the set-up. This is a situation that is going to be ongoing for a little bit.”
Would Ashby’s departure come as a blow for West Ham?
Although Ashby is not a first-team regular yet, he has made six appearances and it is clear that Moyes has been willing to give him an opportunity to stake a claim.
He also played a role in West Ham getting into the group stages of the Europa Conference League after featuring in the play-off first leg win over Danish side Viborg last month.
Having nurtured Ashby and handed him more than 50 appearances at youth level, it would be frustrating for the Hammers to see him walk away as a free agent next summer.