According to a report from the Telegraph, West Ham have sent scouts to watch Whyteleafe FC ace Courtney Clarke. The Hammers are eyeing a bargain deal for the non-league teen, but we could face competition from Manchester City for his signature.
The 17-year-old is a powerful box-to-box midfielder and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira due to his marauding playing style, according to the Sun.
West Ham boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to beef up his engine room options at the London Stadium. And the same could be said of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, with Fernandinho now in the twilight years of his career.
The Telegraph claims that the Hammers are eyeing a cut-price deal for Clarke, 17. And we would be signing him with one eye on the future, with the immediate plan being to put him in the under-23 squad.
If true, this is certainly one we can get on board with.
Who knows whether Clarke will go on and be good enough for the Premier League.
But the fact that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is allegedly keen on him as well speaks volumes.
Signing Clarke would actually be a sign that we are finally planning for the future. And that would be a great thing.
There is still a long way to go before we sign the talented teenager, however, with Manchester City lurking in the shadows.
And it will undoubtedly be tricky for West Ham to beat City to Clarke’s signature.