West Ham have allegedly received a £400,000 bid from Nottingham Forest for young defender Emmanuel Longelo.
That’s according to club insiders Claret and Hugh who claim that the Hammers are holding out for a £1 million fee for the 21-year-old.
Longelo has really impressed for West Ham’s under-23s this season.
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The young left-back didn’t let himself down for the senior side either, when he made his debut against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League back in December.
Considering the Hammers’ need to sign a new left-back, and with Aaron Cresswell set to turn 33 before the end of the year, Longelo’s path to the first-team seems like a fairly straightforward one.
David Moyes apparently is prepared to let the talented youngster leave the London Stadium though…
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High level insiders Claret and Hugh reckon that Forest have submitted a £400k offer for Longelo.
The offer has been described as ‘stupidly low’ by the club insiders, however, and Moyes is demanding at least £1 million from the Championship side, if he is to consider selling the 21-year-old in the January transfer window.
We have to say, even if Forest do make a £1 million bid, West Ham really shouldn’t be selling Longelo.
He seems like such an incredibly bright young talent.
The 21-year-old is energetic, dynamic, possesses bags of pace and is a very solid defender. He is also pretty impressive when he ventures into the final third as well and has a very good delivery on him.
The young Barking-born ace certainly seems to have everything needed to go on and become a top-class Premier League player.
The Evening Standard recently described Manny as a ‘brilliant’ young player.
Selling Longelo for just £1 million in the January transfer window would be incredibly short-sighted from Moyes and the West Ham owners.
This is a player who, if he continues to improve, could one day be worth 30 or 40 times that amount.
Nottingham Forest would be getting a very good player if they do manage to sign him from the Hammers this month. In my opinion, though, we shouldn’t even be considering the permanent sale of Longelo. However, loaning him out would make perfect sense.
Whether that is an option being considered though, remains to be seen.