Solihull Moors have confirmed that centre-forward Dapo Afolayan has signed for West Ham.
The National League club announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning that Afolayan, 21, has joined the Hammers in what must have been a very late deal that was wrapped up before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday night.
All the best, Dapo! 💛💙
— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) February 1, 2018
Afolayan has been in strong form for the West Midlands non-league side this season, scoring 11 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions and as well as playing up front he has also been playing on the left and right wings.
West Ham have announced on their official website that the striker will play for Terry Westley’s Under-23s side and has penned a three-and-a-half year contract.
He began his football career in Chelsea’s youth academy before moving to Canadian-based MLS franchise Toronto FC.
Afolayan is the second centre-forward to have signed for the Hammers ahead of the deadline after Jordan Hugill’s switch from Preston was made official.
Football Insider verdict
Afolayan does not seem like he is someone who has been signed up with the view to him playing in the first-team and perhaps is just someone to help out the Under-23s on a sort-term basis and then be sold for a profit. Solihull are battling against relegation from the National League and the ex-Chelsea kid has done well to score as many goals as he has done in the circumstances. His signing will probably go completely under the radar in the wake of the anger shown towards the board for not making good enough signings in the transfer window. Hugill is not a bad player but he is not someone he will improve West Ham by any means. Joao Mario is decent but has only arrived on loan.
In other West Ham news, fans were raging over this deal on deadline day.