West Ham are finalising the signing of striker Mipo Odubeko and a deal is now all but done, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hammers are confident they have wrapped up the capture of the 16-year-old after he told them club he wanted to sign for them ahead of multiple elite European clubs.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that it is now only a matter of time before Odubeko is confirmed as a new signing .
This comes after Football Insider revealed last week that the Londoners have offered a “lucrative” contract to the teenage as well as a pathway into their first team.
Odubeko quit Manchester United’s academy over the summer and has rejected multiple offers from the Premier League giants to re-sign, including in recent weeks.
The single-minded youngster wants to join a club that is best for his career development.
There have been proposals for the Republic of Ireland Under-17 international from Atletico Madrid as well as Juventus.
But West Ham are now set to beat multiple heavyweights to the signing of a young striker with all the raw ability to make it at first-team level.
His scoring record in youth-team football is outstanding, with his tally for United’s various youth sides last season amounting to a remarkable 35 goals.
West Ham would need to pay a compensation fee for Odubeke to Man United even though he is out of contract.
FA rules stipulate United are owed a significant sum for developing the rising star at their academy.