By Harry Sykes
West Ham have announced the signing of England Under-19 international Nathan Holland.
The 18-year-old winger, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, has signed for the Hammers in a three-and-a-half year deal.
The news was announced on Sunday morning on West Ham’s official Twitter page.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 22, 2017
Holland came through the youth ranks at Everton and made his debut for England’s Under-19 team last September.
He will work with the West Ham Under-23s under Academy Director Terry Westley for the rest of the season.
Talking on West Ham’s official website after the deal was announced, Holland said, “It’s amazing, I’m quite gobsmacked to be honest.
“When I first came down, Terry introduced me to all the staff and they were all very welcoming. They’ve shown a lot of faith in me and I just want to repay that and kick on.
“I like to be direct. I like to get assists and get at people and just try and dribble and combine with other people. Hopefully I can add more strength to the team.”
West Ham look set to play a major part in the January transfer window, with wantaway star Dimitri Payet becoming one of the big January stories.
The player has said he wants to leave West Ham and return to France, but with under two weeks left before the window shuts, he’s no nearer a move away from east London.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham fans will be delighted that the Hammers are investing in homegrown talent for their long-term future. Nathan Holland is a bright prospect who could develop into a real talent in the Premier League. He impressed with the Under-17s in the 2015 UEFA European Championships, where he was spotted by Academy Director Terry Westley. Westley is delighted that he’s finally got his man and will spend the rest of the season moulding Holland into a player that can challenge for a first-team spot in East London, hopefully next season.
In other West Ham transfer news, their transfer battle takes a new twist as another club comes in for wantaway star Dimitri Payet.