Trott receives England call
Our young up and coming keeper Nathan Trott has received a Three Lions call-up for The European U19 Championships in Georgia. The 18-year-old impressed for the U23’s throughout last season but was largely left out during England’s qualification campaign for the tournament. However, he set to feature as the premier keeper during the tournament, as Keith Downing’s men face Bulgaria, Holland, and Germany in their opening group games. Trott and his teammates will be hoping to emulate the feats of the U20 squad, who won their World Cup and the U21 squad who have reached the semi-finals of their European Championship in Poland. So, will our young starlet be able to aid his team in emulating the successes of their elders?
Quina looks ahead to exciting times ahead
Our young Portuguese winger Domingos Quina has been looking ahead to a promising new season in Claret and Blue. In an exclusive interview with WHUFC.com, the 17-year-old revealed his excitement for the new season and had this to say about his first year at The London Stadium: “It was a good first year but now I want to kick on. Training with the first team so much has definitely developed me as a player”. Having already made two competitive first-team appearances in the form of a pair of Europa League clashes, the Portugal youth international is already being tipped for big things in the future. However, Quina is expected to be loaned out this season, after helping the U23’s to promotion to The PL2 Division One last term. It may be some time before the Guinea-Bissau-born star follows in the footsteps of his Portugal heroes before him.
Bolton plan Hammers double swoop
It has been rumoured in the last few days by several Lancashire based newspapers that Bolton Wanderers are planning a double loan bid for our youngsters Josh Cullen and Reece Burke. The pair have both broken through to the first-team in recent year but failed to instigate themselves as part of Slaven Bilic’s first team plans and face another season out on loan. However, the youngsters were together at Bradford City, a club at which they were adored by the fans, so this should serve to give them the confidence that they will reach the first-team heights eventually. The signing of 20-year-old Burke for the season is expected to be the easier deal to pull off for The Wanderers, but they may face difficulty in signing Cullen as Bilic reportedly wants to give him a first-team chance next season. So, will the starlets be heading North for another season?
Gold and Sullivan to open Lanzini talks
It has been reported this week by The Sun, that we are set to offer a new bumper deal to our Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini. “The Jewell” shone last season in the absence of Dimitri Payet, scoring eight Premier League goals including the London Derby winner against Spurs at The London Stadium. It is believed that Bilic ranks the Argentina international as one of his most pivotal players, asking that the chairmen extend his contract and with Lanzini clearly enjoying life in East London, he is set to accept the deal. The expensive new contract is expected to surpass the 90k-a-week mark, making the 24-year-old our highest paid player.
Transfer gossip: Hammers eye attacking duo
It has been rumoured this week by The Daily Star that we are set to launch a shock bid for Gunners forward Theo Walcott. The 28-year-old reportedly doesn’t feel like his career is going anywhere under Arsene Wenger and is open to a change. However, it may take breaking another club record transfer fee to land the England international. It has been reported in the last few days by The Sun that Slaven Bilic is keen on unsettled Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel. It is understood that we have been in pursuit of the Columbian front man for quite some time and considering his impressive eleven goals in Serie A last season, it is hardly surprising. So, could the 26-year-old make Claret and Blue the sixth different club colour that he was worn in his career next season?