West Ham are keen to open talks on signing Stan Flaherty from Arsenal as he continues to impress during a trial, Football Insider understands.

The Gunners attacking midfielder, 17, scored twice for the Hammers Under-18s last weekend and is set to line up for an age-group side in a behind-closed-doors friendly this weekend.

A West Ham source source has told Football Insider that West Ham’s academy staff have been won over by Flaherty and are interested in exploring the possibility of a deal.

The teenager’s future is up in the air even though he has just started the second year of a two-year scholarship signed in the summer of 2018.

Flaherty has headed to the east London club with a view to a transfer after being granted permission by Arsenal.

The youngster joined Arsenal from Watford when he was 11 and has progressed through the ranks to the point where he has made 14 appearances for the Premier League giants’ Under-18s.

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He made a big impact on his West Ham bow last weekend by scoring twice for the Under-18s in a 4-1 win over Norwich City in their Premier League South clash last Saturday.

Flaherty opened the scoring with his first touch when he swept in a cross from the edge of the box inside two minutes and then rounded off the win with a free-kick after 64 minutes.

The Hammers’ academy coaches are set to make a recommendation on West Ham trying to sign the youngster from their London rivals.

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