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Report: West Ham in contention for Fulham starlet Ibane Bowat

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West Ham are among the leading contenders to sign Fulham Under-18 starlet Ibane Bowat according to a report from TEAMtalk

Far from being alone in the pursuit, the 18-year-old centre-back has attracted plenty of attention with Arsenal, Everton, and the Hammers all said to be in talks with the teenager.

Fulham are keen to keep hold of their talented star and have offered a professional contract for when his scholarship ends this June, but with numerous clubs circling the future remains very much up in the air.

Bowat, a 6’2 central has enjoyed a youth career filled with promise having already made the step up to the Under 23s squad as well as earning international recognition from Scotland.

The report also cites interest from Bundesliga side FC Koln, however, those talks are thought to have come to an end without an agreement.

Having signed in January and with links to Rochdale wonderkid Kwadwo Baah not going away, there certainly seems to be a concerted effort to sign some of the brightest young talents around.

A policy that has served the Hammers well in the past, having brought numerous players through the academy ranks in years gone by, not to mention a certain Declan Rice who signed from London rivals Chelsea as a youngster before going on to become a first-team star.

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