West Ham are one of several clubs in the hunt to sign Woking youngster Oliver Creed, according to reports.
There are six clubs from the Premier League and the Championship in the chase for Creed. According to TEAMtalk, West Ham will battle Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brentford and Millwall for the teenager.
Creed plays in central defence for non-league side Woking. He is yet to make his debut for the National League side but was involved with the first-team in pre-season. The 16-year-old is highly-rated and has caught the attention of some scouts from England’s top two divisions.
West Ham have been watching the 16-year-old but arch-rivals Millwall also want him. There are other potential suitors in London with Brentford and Crystal Palace eyeing a swoop. Alternatively, he could move from Surrey to the south coast to join Bournemouth or Southampton.
Where would Oliver Creed fit in?
If West Ham signed Creed, he would probably slot straight into the academy team. The other option would be to loan him back to Woking, although first-team chances are not guaranteed there.
West Ham’s current centre-back options in the academy have been depleted. Josh Pask and Reece Oxford left last summer while Aji Alese joined Accrington Stanley on loan.
New signing Goncalo Cardoso and 15-year-old Jamal Baptiste seem to be Dimitri Halajko’s first-choice pair at the minute. Tunji Akinola is another option when fit. Creed would be competing with these players if he is put in the U23s. But he might start off in the U18s instead.