West Ham have recently been linked with a Football League starlet. According to the print edition of The Sun (9th June, page 59), West Ham and Aston Villa want Tom Bayliss from Coventry City.
The race is hotting up for Bayliss. According to TEAMtalk, Coventry rate their talented youngster at £3m with Everton and Liverpool also in the chase.
But this could be a masterstroke if West Ham win the race. Bayliss could be the next top talent to emerge from the Coventry academy, following in the footsteps of predecessor James Maddison.
Tom Bayliss: the next James Maddison?
Maddison is a product of the Coventry academy. He came through the ranks with the West Midlands club before moving to Norwich City and then earning a big-money move to Leicester City.
The 22-year-old, who has earned an England call-up this season, is interesting both Manchester clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in a £60m deal (The Independent).
But West Ham could have signed him for just £2.3m in January 2016 if they had joined Norwich in that transfer tussle (The London Evening Standard).
Maddison is not the only wonderkid to come through Coventry’s academy. Che Adams, Daniel Sturridge, Callum Wilson and Cyrus Christie are among the players who spent time with the Sky Blues during their youth career.
Bayliss is the next exciting talent. The 20-year-old is a lively central midfielder who has an eye for goal. With 73 appearances, nine goals and seven assists, he is already shining in the lower leagues.
Coventry rate Bayliss highly and believe he can follow Maddison’s route to the top. If West Ham snap up the England U19 talent this summer, they could the next Maddison on their books.