West Ham United could be set to snap up teenage starlet Emran Soglo, who almost signed for European giants Bayern Munich in the summer.
David Moyes has made it clear he wants to build West Ham around young, hungry talent.
And the Hammers have overhauled their recruitment philosophy as a result over the last 18 months, with a renewed emphasis on youth.
West Ham have signed a host of young players who the club hope will go on to prove to be bargains.
West Ham could be set to snap up teenager Emran Soglo who almost signed for Bayern Munich in the summer
New head of recruitment Rob Newman was keen to point out West Ham will be scouring the world looking for such ‘nuggets’ (whufc.com).
But they may have found one who was recently with rivals Chelsea.
That’s after West Ham insider ExWHUemployee revealed the Hammers have taken Blues starlet Soglo on trial, just a few months after he almost signed for Bayern Munich.
“There were two trialists for the under 18s match against Everton yesterday,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way Patreon site.
“The first was a 16 year old forward from Rochdale called Jadel Yaduat and the other is a player formerly from Chelsea called Emran Soglo.
“Soglo, a 16 year old left winger with French heritage, was in talks with Bayern Munich last season but that move did not materialise. Whether they have done enough to earn a move to West Ham will be evaluated in the next couple of weeks.”
Soglo had looked set to complete a shock move to German giants Bayern back in July (The Sun).
The West Ham trialist spent a week training with Bayern’s Under 17s and was elevated to the Under 19s after impressing coaches.
The move never materialised but given Bayern’s interest, signing Soglo could be quite a coup for West Ham.
He is described as a versatile midfielder who can play as a number 10 or as a deep-lying playmaker.
The creative left-footed youngster can also be deployed on the wing.