West Ham United are not signing defender Frederik Alves Ibsen for the first team.
That’s the somewhat disappointing verdict from West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
West Ham are said to be on the verge of signing the highly-rated young centre-back.
A report out of Denmark yesterday claimed the Hammers are set to conclude a £1.2m deal with Alves Ibsen’s club Silkeborg imminently.
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Journalist Farzam Abolhosseini from Danish outlet B.T. claims West Ham are set to sign the 20-year-old, posting a picture of the player at the Stratford Hotel near the London Stadium.
ExWHUemployee confirmed the news yesterday, saying the Brazilian Dane would join in January.
Instead he will go into the development squad.
And that will disappoint West Ham fans because the development squad has become something of a wasteland for promising young players signed by the Hammers as potential future stars.
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From Martin Samuelsen through to Sead Haksabanovic, Xande Silva, Mesaque Dju and Alves Ibsen’s fellow defender Goncalo Cardoso.
“This is a transfer I mentioned on the podcast a few weeks ago,” ExWHUemployee said.
“I will find out more for the podcast tomorrow.
“This signing will arrive in January and originally be for the academy to develop.”
It may be the academy will be expected to fast track Alves Ibsen with a view to him stepping up to the first team for the 2021/22 season – if he is deemed up to it.
Hammers development side has become wasteland for ‘Sullivan lottery tickets’
David Moyes signed Craig Dawson on loan for the season to act as cover at centre-back.
But he wants to add a top quality defender to the team after missing out on a host of targets in the summer window.
West Ham fans are used to seeing the club sign what Sam Allardyce once called ‘David Sullivan lottery tickets’.
And they rarely, if ever, work out.
But Alves Ibsen is a highly rated Denmark Under 21 international and with Moyes in full control of transfers this time things may be different.