West Ham United are putting the finishing touches to the free agent signing of young striker Mipo Odubeko, according to Football Insider.
The outlet claims that the player himself has said yes to the move, and it is now merely a matter of time until the deal is official announced.
The club are confident of getting a deal done ahead of several European heavyweights, with the player favouring a move that is best for his development.
The 16-year-old quit Manchester United this past summer for just that reason, despite scoring 35 goals for the Red Devils’ youth teams last season.
This would represent a terrific signing for the future of West Ham. Obviously at 16 years of age he isn’t ready to be playing first team football just yet, but by all accounts he is a massive talent who will be knocking on the door of the senior team in a few year’s time. Plus, he seems like he’s got his head screwed on, as well. He had enough sense to get out of the capsizing ship that is Man United, anyway. 35 is a terrific goal return at any level and if he’s doing that at just 16 then he’s surely going to a big player for the Hammers in the future. This is a deal that’s been rumbling on for a little while now, so from a West Ham perspective it’s fantastic to see that it’s seemingly now reaching its conclusion. The player has said he wants to join the Irons so that should be that, besides the dotting of the I’s and the crossing of the T’s that come with any transfer. Hopefully, though, this will be something that the east London outfit themselves can announce soon.