West Ham United get a major striker boost after desperate attempts to tie up deal for young star Divin Mubama are a success.
Earlier this month The Athletic revealed that West Ham were growing nervous over the teenage England strike sensation’s future after interest from some top clubs.
West Ham’s academy is famous for churning out top players, Declan Rice and Ben Johnson being the latest examples of that.
But the Hammers have struggled to produce strikers capable of playing at Premier League level down the years.
David Moyes admitted he struggled to find anyone in the transfer market either during the summer (Independent).
And with Michail Antonio approaching the latter stages of his career, West Ham need to be thinking about the future in the coming seasons.
According to The Athletic, West Ham have high hopes for Mubama and were desperate to ward off interest from other clubs by tying him down to a professional contract.
“Divin Mubama is a highly-rated striker who has been capped for England Under-17s,” The Athletic reported.
“Last season he scored 11 goals in 25 cup and league appearances for the under-18s.
“When (Kevin) Keen’s side beat QPR under-18s 10-0 in a pre-season friendly in September 2020, Mubama scored four goals. The young forward, who recently turned 17, is yet to sign a professional deal and staff will hope he also commits his long-term future to the club.”
West Ham get major striker boost after desperate attempts to tie up deal for young star Divin Mubama
Well now West Ham have been boosted after Mubama did just that (whufc.com).
The young star has signed his first professional deal with his boyhood club and says it was a proud moment for him and his family.
It’s a very proud moment for me and my family,” Mubama told whufc.com.
“I’ve been at the Club since I was eight and have obviously just been working my way up through all the ranks. I’m still not done yet – but I’m delighted and happy.
“I had so many opportunities last season, and I was grateful to just go one step at a time and try to take them all.
“I want to thank [U13s/U14s Lead Phase Coach] Lauris Coggin, [U18s Lead Coach] Kevin Keen and [Academy Manager] Ricky Martin – and, to be fair, everyone that’s played a massive part in my development from since I first walked into the building.
“I’ve loved every moment of it since coming in at the age of eight. I love the Club.”
Yet more good news in the seemingly endless stream of positivity flowing through West Ham right now.
Fourth in the Premier League, one win from the last 16 of the Europa League, into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and coveted young stars pledging their future to the Hammers.
What a time to be a West Ham fan.