West Ham United are desperate to tie up a deal for England teenage strike sensation Divin Mubama according to The Athletic.
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.
They need to start because David Moyes has admitted he has struggled to find anyone in the transfer market either (Independent).
Hopes were high for Mipo Odubeko. But the jury is out on whether he can make it at West Ham. He has been sent out on loan to Huddersfield but is yet to establish himself, making only four appearances so far.
According to those in and around West Ham’s academy, there is a crop of hugely exciting young forwards emerging in the various age groups.
But we’ve seen this before. Bertie Brayley, Freddie Sears, Rob Hall, Elliot Lee are some names that spring to mind.
The new name on the list of promising young strikers at West Ham is Divin Mubama.
According to The Athletic, West Ham have high hopes for the young England forward and are desperate to ward off interest from other clubs by tying him down to a professional contract as soon as they are able.
“There is another young player in the academy who looks set for a bright future,” The Athletic reports.
“Divin Mubama is a highly-rated striker who has been capped for England Under-17s. 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.”
Canning Town born Mubama joined West Ham aged eight and was originally a left-back.
At around the age of 12, Mubama was asked to move up-front midway through a game. He scored – and, before long, had made a habit of doing so with startling regularity.
Prior to the suspension of Academy football due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mubama had 45 goals for the season to his name, form which saw him receive international recognition with England U15s.
He kept progressing up the age groups for club and country and scored within minutes of his debut for West Ham’s Under 18s last season.
It is easy to see why West Ham hold him in such high regard.
Let’s hope he can keep progressing and potentially save the club millions in the transfer market.