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Report: Left-footed West Ham defender in talks to seal loan or even permanent exit in January window

Young West Ham defender Emmanuel Longelo is allegedly in talks to join Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from the Evening Standard who claims that both a loan deal and a permanent one are on the table for the 21-year-old Hammers starlet.

Longelo has really impressed for the West Ham under-23 side so far this season.

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The talented young left-back really impressed for the senior team as well when making his full debut in the Europa League for the Hammers against Dynamo Zagreb at the London Stadium.


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Regular first-team opportunities?

David Moyes currently has Aaron Cresswell as his first-choice left-back. Behind the 32-year-old in the pecking order is Arthur Masuaku whilst Ben Johnson can also play at left-back although he is more naturally suited to the right-back role.

So there is a clear path to the first-team for Longelo.

Surprisingly though, he could well be on his way out of the London Stadium…

West Ham defender set for January window exit?

The Evening Standard claims that Nottingham Forest have held talks to sign Longelo.

The decision to leave the London Stadium either on loan or a permanent deal is allegedly entirely up to the 21-year-old.

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It must be said, selling Longelo on a permanent deal would be a mighty strange decision from the Hammers.

The Barking-born youngster is a really bright talent and could easily go on to become good enough for regular Premier League action.

He certainly has all of the attributes needed to succeed at the very highest level, and if he continues to work hard both on and off the pitch, the sky will be the limit for Longelo.

Allowing a bright young talent like Longelo to leave on a permanent basis would be a baffling decision if we’re honest.

On the other hand, allowing him to leave on loan for the remainder of the season would be a very smart move. This is one for us all to be keeping a close eye on as the transfer window continues to tick down.

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