West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign highly-rated teenage midfielder Noah Chilvers just a month after his professional debut.
According to the likes of The Sun West Ham are targeting Colchester United’s 18-year-old attacker this summer.
The youngster has been so impressive for Colchester’s Under 23 side that he was handed his first team debut in a 3-0 win over Newport last month.
Next stop West Ham on Noah’s steep career arc?
Chilvers can operate in central midfield. But his ability and eye for goal means he can also play in the number 10 role.
Whether West Ham would be signing him to compete for a first team place or join their development side remains to be seen.
But Pellegrini faces competition from fellow Premier League side Leicester City.
The Sun claims both the Hammers and the Foxes have earmarked Chilvers as a potential top flight star of the future.
Hammers may hold ace card for ‘future star’
They claim the pair will test the League Two side’s resolve to hold on to their prize asset this summer.
West Ham may hold the ace card as Chilvers is a local Essex lad.
He is coming to the end of his two-year scholarship and is yet to agree a professional contract with Essex club.
The U’s have offered him a two-year professional deal and want it signed at the end of the current campaign.
Refreshing approach to recruitment
It is further evidence of West Ham’s change of direction regarding recruitment.
The focus under Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos seems very much to be on youth in the main.
The Hammers are building a team around the likes of Declan Rice and Issa Diop. And more youngsters have been given a chance this season like Ben Johnson, Xande Silva and Grady Diangana.
West Ham fans will be happy with that after years of watching their club waste money on journeymen who are past their best and looking for one last pay day.