Defender Mich’el Parker has headed to West Ham to undergo a trial as the club explore signing him on a free transfer, Football Insider has learned.
The centre-back, 21, is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Liverpool after three years and spending time at Millwall.
A West Ham source source has told Football Insider that the club are weighing up the possibility of taking advantage of Parker’s status as a free agent to sign him for their development squad.
He has been training with the Hammers’ Under-23s squad as they run the rule over him at close quarters.
Parker has a CV that includes three years at Liverpool after joining from the Arsenal academy, and he also had a lengthy spell at Millwall this year before being released.
He plays in central defence, which is a position that West Ham are looking to strengthen in the January window.
The Londoners have lost four and drawn one of their last five Premier League matches and slumped to 16th in the table on the back of Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley.
Young centre-back Goncalo Cardoso, 19, was signed in the summer with an eye on the future.
He has been a regular at the back for Dmitri Halajko’s high flying Under-23s team this season, but has failed to break into the senior set-up.
Liverpool signed Parker from Arsenal in 2015 when he was 15 but he failed to make the grade at Anfield in the face of intense competition.