West Ham could pull of a masterstroke after having taken defender Mich’el Parker on trial.
As reported by Football Insider, the 21-year-old has been without a club since leaving Liverpool following a three year stint on Merseyside, and it is understood that the Hammers could snap him up on a free transfer with view to drafting him into their development squad.
Parker has spent time with fellow London club Millwall, but was released after training with the Lions for some time.
And should it come off, this could be a good move for the Hammers.
At the end of the day, Parker isn’t going to come in and walk straight into the first team, but there’s nothing wrong with planning for the future, and if he can prove himself while he’s on trial in east London, then he could prove to be a shrewd signing.
It wouldn’t cost the Hammers anything, his wages would presumably be fairly small, and he clearly has some pedigree having spent such a long spell with Liverpool.
Prior to that, Parker was part of Arsenal’s youth system, and if the rise of Declan Rice has taught us anything, there are times when top talent does slip through the cracks at some of the Premier League’s bigger clubs.
Whether or not that proves to be the case with Parker remains to be seen, but certainly, there’s no harm in running the rule over him, and if it does work out, then the Irons could be snapping up a top talent for peanuts.
What’s not to love?