West Ham transfer news: Burke joins Wigan on loan

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30th Aug, 2016 | 5:33pm

Done deal: West Ham settle defender terms 24 hours before Wednesday deadline

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham defender Reece Burke has joined Championship side Wigan on a season-long loan deal, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Lancashire side confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 19-year-old had secured a move to the DW Stadium.

The youngster will now join Gary Caldwell’s side as they prepare for a clash against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship after the international break.

Burke penned a new four-year deal with the Hammers last week and started at left-back in a weakened team in their Europa League defeat to Astra Giurgiu.

However, he would have found first team opportunities hard to come by at the London Stadium this season.

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The England Under-20 international won Bradford City’s Player of the Year last term, after making 36 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell at Valley Parade.

The Newham-born academy graduate has made 12 senior West Ham appearances and was named the ‘Young Hammer of the year’ for the 2014-15 season.

The Hammers are happy to allow their young fringe players to leave the London Stadium on loan, having already let Stephen Hendrie and Josh Cullen join Blackburn and Bradford respectively.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have lost the battle to sign prolific Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar.