West Ham to go head-to-head with Champions League side to sign wonderkid - report
By Will Butcher
Manchester City’s England Under-17 international Tyrese Campbell is interesting West Ham, after rejecting Pep Guardiola’s offer of a scholarship at Eastlands.
City do not want to lose their rising star, who is the son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, but are resigned to losing him after he rejected a deal.
The People have reported that the 16-year-old striker snubbed City due to fears over his progression at the club.
The Daily Mail claim that West Ham boss Slaven Bilic faces stiff competition from Dutch giants and Champions League regulars PSV Eindhoven to sign the 16-year-old, as well as Everton and Arsenal.
Former Croatia manager Bilic is keen on adding youth to his squad this summer and has already signed Domingos Quina, Tony Martinez and Ashley Fletcher.
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Despite being a England youth international, Campbell knows he faces an uphill struggle to break into Guardiola’s first-team squad plans.
Campbell reportedly snubbed City’s offer to sign a new deal at The Etihad over fears that he wasn’t progressing as first hoped.
City’s current crop of youngsters are concerned that Pep Guardiola’s signings this summer will block their path into the first team, and Campbell is one of those.
Bilic has also signed Besiktas’ Gokhan Tore, Gladbach’s Havard Nordtveit and Valencia’s Sofiane Feghouli.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Fiorentina striker could be closing in on a move to East London.