By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United are one of many clubs interested in signing Aduana Stars defender Rashid Alhassan, according to the player’s agent.
The 17-year-old is currently away on international duty with the Ghana national team who are participating in the Under-17 World Cup tournament in India.
The defender could potentially feature in their opening match against the hosts next Thursday evening.
The teenager’s representative Samuel Akoto Asante revealed that the Hammers are currently involved in a three-horse race to snap up the player.
“There are several interest at the moment,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“But I can speak of the ones from West Ham and Chicago Fire from the US.
“Hannover are also interested in his services. We’ll look at the best option before deciding on his future.
“No need to rush and make any pronouncements but that’s the situation with him at the moment.”
The Hammers have struggled to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season, conceding a total of 13 goals in just seven matches.
Although West Ham have the second worst defensive record in the league, Alhassan will surely benefit from playing alongside the likes of Winston Reid and James Collins.
Football Insider verdict
It is fair to say that Alhassan is not well-known amongst supporters in England but he seems to be attract a lot of interest at such a young age. If the Hammers manage to sign him, they are most likely going to loan him straight away in order to gain experience as a first-team regular before being given the opportunity to compete in the Premier League. It must be encouraging for West Ham that the club are looking to bring in youth after focusing on snapping up experienced players in the summer transfer window. It might be a shrewd move from the Hammers to sign the youngster before the bigger clubs enter the race.