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West Ham signing David Martin would be a disservice to Nathan Trott

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West Ham are reportedly in pursuit of Millwall goalkeeper David Martin who is also the son of Hammers’ legend Alvin Martin. 

London News Online claimed that the 33-year old could be on his way to the London Stadium in the summer, as his contract with Millwall comes to an end in the summer.

The keeper has been offered a new deal with Millwall, but it seems that West Ham are keen on bringing Martin in as their third-choice goalkeeper next season.

Although it seems like a fairy-tale signing for Martin, and his family for that matter, it quite possibly would not be the right move for the Hammers, especially considering that they have Nathan Trott amongst their ranks.

The 20-year old will no doubt be looking for a chance to crack the first team, but if Manuel Pellegrini was to bring another goalkeeper in, this seems highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.

It seems ludicrous for a manager to bring in an older figure when there is an up and coming youth prospect already awaiting his chance, especially when the player being linked is currently only a second choice keeper for a side playing their football in the Championship.

It seems like a bit of a disservice to Trott, who has impressed when called upon for West Ham’s youth teams in the Premier League 2 this season, featuring 13 times for the club and keeping one clean sheet along the way.

As it looks likely that the Hammers may end up gambling on a third-choice keeper who isn’t experienced in the Premier League, it may be worthwhile for Trott to look for a loan move next season.

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