West Ham have missed out on signing Daishawn Redan from Chelsea this summer after the centre-forward completed a move to Hertha Berlin today (Thursday), according to the Sun.
The newspaper claimed via their live transfer blog on Thursday afternoon that Everton and Leicester also wanted to sign Redan, 18, before his £5million switch to Hertha was confirmed.
The German club announced Redan’s arrival from Chelsea on Twitter on Thursday, landing a blow to West Ham’s hopes of signing the Netherlands Under-19 international.
It is a shame that West Ham have missed out on Redan because he is a good young player who surely has an exciting future ahead of him. Last season saw the Amsterdam-born striker scored 13 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea’s youth sides. Redan hit the back of the net in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Porto in the UEFA Youth League final and hit a hat-trick against Molde in the first round of the competition. West Ham need to add more strength in depth to their striker options and Redan could have been a solid third choice behind Sebastien Haller and Javier Hernandez. Having a good young player as back-up would be a good idea for West Ham and it is a surprise that they didn’t push harder to sign Redan. However moving to Germany is something that a lot of young players want to do at the moment, and who can blame them?