EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
West Ham are surprisingly prepared to sell highly-rated attacker Marcus Browne this summer amid interest from a number of Championship and League One clubs, Football Insider understands.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful season on loan at Oxford United last term, scoring nine goals and creating five assists for the League One club.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club have fielded enquiries from a host of lower league outfits for Browne this pre-season and they are willing to sell him for the right price.
Browne has failed to climb the pecking order in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans despite being a favourite of supporters for his impressive youth-team displays and his suitors have been alerted by his potential availability.
The attacking midfielder joined West ham at the age of eight and has graduated from the youth ranks to play for the first team.
However, Browne has been unable to add to the single appearance he made during the 2016/17 season when he played against Astra Giurgiu in a Europa League qualifier.
He has had loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Oxford, and also enhanced his reputation through strong performances for West Ham Under-23s.
Browne has a contract that has another year to run and there were hopes among fans he would make the grade at the club, but that is unlikely to now be the case.
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