West Ham are one of several Premier League clubs chasing Hartlepool United wonder-kid Luca Murphy, according to TEAMtalk.
Murphy has been impressing scouts, who have mainly watched him in action for Hartlepool’s under-19 side this season.
Alongside West Ham, London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham are interested in Murphy. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United are also keeping their tabs on him.
According to this report, Fulham are in pole position to land the talented teenager, having agreed terms with Hartlepool.
The Cottagers will now hold talks with Murphy over a potential switch to West London, although four Premier League clubs are also circling, including the Hammers.
Who is Luca Murphy?
Murphy is yet to feature for Hartlepool’s first-team but has already been on the bench for the National League side.
The 17-year-old plays as a central defender and has been scouted by this Premier League quintet this season. With his contract lasting until summer 2020, Fulham have had to agree a fee with Hartlepool for his services.
But Spurs and Manchester United are lining up a late swoop to gazump Fulham, while West Ham and Wolves remain interested.
According to Pools’ official website, Murphy is a ball-playing centre-half who is “able to play with either foot, he’s athletic, confident and rarely fazed”.
Where would he fit in at West Ham?
Murphy would be seen as one for the future, rather than making an immediate impact in the first-team set-up.
It is likely that the young Englishman would slot into the under-18 side, considering Josh Pask, Ajibola Alese and Reece Oxford compete for the under-23 centre-half spots.
But Oxford has been linked with a West Ham exit [The Mirror] so there could be a potential opening for Murphy.