By Tom Blackburn
West Ham youngster Martin Samuelsen could be sent out on loan after he signed a new four-year contract with the club, according to his father.
Frode Samuelsen has admitted that “interesting” clubs are keeping close tabs on his highly rated 19-year-old son, who is already a full Norway international.
The winger signed a new contract with West Ham on Tuesday that runs until 2020.
“I cannot confirm nor deny whether Ipswich are interested,” Samuelsen Snr told Norweigan broadcaster TV 2.
“I got to hear that they looked at Martin, but whether they are interested beyond that I can neither confirm nor deny.
“We know that there are interesting clubs that are interested and it’s about taking a decision regarding a loan. He has another week to decide whether there will be a loan.”
The dynamic teenager joined from Premier League giants Manchester City and has already made one international appearance for Norway, in a 3-2 win over Iceland.
Samuelsen made his senior West Ham bow before he earned a loan move to Peterborough last November, where he scored two goals in 20 appearances.
Following the new contract, Samuelsen told the club website that his eyes are fixed on another loan move to the Football League, as he seeks out more competitive first-team football.
“This season, I think it’s either going to be another loan or first team football for me at West Ham,” he said Samuelsen to the official West Ham website.. “I really enjoyed my time at Peterborough United last season and to have another spell playing good football on loan somewhere would be great.
“Both options would be good for me, but one is tougher to achieve than the other! Whatever happens for me this year, I’ll go into it 100 per cent committed. My long-term goal is to get into the West Ham first team XI.”
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