West Ham’s hopes of landing Adrian Akande have just received a boost.
According to Nigerian media outlet The Daily Post, Akande has left Chelsea. He will be available on a free transfer should West Ham choose to firm up their interest with a contract offer.
Akande is a teenage striker who was highly rated in West London. But he has made it clear that he does not want to sign a scholarship deal at Stamford Bridge so he is moving on instead.
The Nigeria U17 international has been with Chelsea for four years since joining from Crystal Palace. However, he is now leaving Chelsea to pursue other options with West Ham among the interested clubs.
Who wants Adrian Akande?
West Ham have taken Akande on trial recently. The 16-year-old has trained with West Ham with a view to earning himself a permanent move. But the Irons are not alone in their admiration for Akande.
This report adds that Akande has trained with Rangers and Hoffenheim too. When deciding on his next club, he could stay in England or head to Scotland or Germany.
Akande might be tempted to join the growing list of young players heading to the Bundesliga to aid their development. But joining West Ham would mean he does not have to relocate.