West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has delivered an update on touted arrivals from the same club.
David Moyes has made no secret of his plans to continue to build West Ham around young players hungry to prove themselves at the top level.
The Scot has already proved he is not afraid to look to the lower or lesser leagues to find talent for West Ham. Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson are testament to that.
West Ham took Portsmouth duo on trial with a view to signing them
Some of the talent – such as Frederik Ibsen Alves – is being brought in with a view to the medium and long term future rather than the first team.
And West Ham had been linked with young stars Charlie Bell and Harvey Rew from League One side Portsmouth after taking them on trial.
Bell and Rew were taken on trial.
Insider reveals Hammers have turned duo down
But according to reliable insider ExWHUemployee on the latest West Ham Way podcast (May 4), the Hammers will not be signing them.
“The Portsmouth players that we had on trial that I mentioned last week, the club have decided not to sign either of those,” Ex said on TWHW podcast.
Playmaker Bell, 18, reportedly spent a week training with the Hammers.
He was considering his options with Pompey’s financial restrictions post-pandemic meaning he was available on a free transfer.
West Ham reportedly faced competition so it will be interesting to see where Bell and Rew end up
West Ham were said to have had competition from rival Prem clubs such as Brighton according to The Sun. So it will be interesting to see if Bell ends up joining the Seagulls instead.
Rew is an 18-year-old centre back and Welsh youth international. Although he is also eligible to play for England.
He is already 6ft 2in and can operate in central midfield too much like West Ham’s own Declan Rice.
But it seems neither have been deemed good enough to sign for the Hammers development side.