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West Ham in pole position to land midfield enforcer - report

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are in pole position to sign emerging midfield star Agor Chukwudi, according to a report.

Portuguese newspaper Record claim Sporting Lisbon have pulled out of the race to land Chukwudi, despite being linked with the 17-year-old defensive midfielder this month.

It is said Sporting are looking to strengthen their youth academy and B team but Chukwudi ‘is not part of the plans’ for Jorge Jesus’ side.

West Ham have been sending scouts to track Agor, who currently plies his trade for the ASJ academy in Nigeria.

He featured for Nigeria as they won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, and is among a host of players from that team attracting interest.

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It is reported that West Ham have bid £150,000 for the starlet, a minimal amount compared to the £32million bid from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette which was reported by Football Insider last week.

However if the Hammers are able to reach an agreement for Agor, the young Nigerian will be unable to officially transfer until he turns 18 in November.

In other West Ham news, West Ham are said to be edging closer to bringing Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi to the Olympic Stadium.