Confirmed: West Ham agree defender deal after paperwork finalised

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Kyle Knoyle has agreed to join Wigan on a season-long loan from West Ham, it was confirmed on Friday.

The right-back is widely regarded as one of the most promising of the Hammers’ recent academy graduates.

The former England Under-18 international had a successful loan spell with Dundee United in the recently completed domestic season and will now go out for further first-team experience.

The Hammers announced on their official website on Friday that Knoyle would spend the 2016-17 campaign at the Championship club.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Hammers as a 13-year-old, made 15 appearances for the Hammers’ development squad in 2015-16, before gaining valuable first-team experience on loan at Dundee United in the second half of the campaign.

Having impressed during his time with the Tangerines, where he made eleven appearances, the highly rated full-back has now joined the newly-promoted Latics.

His first competitive game for manager Gary Caldwell’s side could be the opening day of the new season away at Bristol City on Saturday 6 August.

Knoyle is the latest West Ham player to go out on loan, following George Dobson joining Walsall and Jaanai Gordon at Sligo Rovers.

In other West Ham news, the club have agreed a £12.5million deal.