West Ham United look set to beat several top European clubs to the signing of Ademipo Odubeko, but how and why?
West Ham will beat three of the biggest clubs in European football to signing the exciting striker on a professional contract imminently.
The highly-rated Republic of Ireland teenager snubbed a new deal with the Red Devils over the summer.
Hammers beat off elite trio
West Ham fans may not know much about Odubeko. But Manchester United’s determination to hold on to him speaks volumes. As does interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
According to Football Insider West Ham have beaten not only the Red Devils but also both Juventus and Atletico Madrid to get the striker signed up.
Is that because West Ham have offered Odubeko a place in their first team squad?
On the face of it, that may seem unrealistic given the player’s lack of experience.
But a more considered view suggests that is precisely the carrot that looks set to swing the signing in West Ham’s favour.
Has Odubeko been promised first team spot?
West Ham have changed their transfer policy under Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos.
Signing talented young and hungry stars has been the order of the day.
In the summer West Ham shipped out all five of last season’s first team strikers.
And only one proven forward arrived, £45million record buy Sebastien Haller.
Pellegrini cannot rely only on Haller
He has started superbly well in East London. But beyond Haller Pellegrini has little or no options.
Cheap punt signing Albian Ajeti is looking just that at the moment. The Swiss has failed to impress in his two appearances so far.
Pellegrini cannot expect to get through an entire season with one or two strikers.
The promise of first team football and West Ham’s lack of options could have proved very tempting for a player like Odubeko who is itching to make a name for himself.