West Ham are not convinced free agent Mich’el Parker has done enough to secure a contract, Football Insider has learned.
The centre-back, 21, has headed to the London club to undergo a trial this month as they explore the possibility of signing him on a free transfer.
A West Ham source source has told Football Insider that the club’s academy coaches are unsure whether Parker has the potential to develop into a first-team player.
They have yet to make a final decision on the youngster but his hopes of earning a contract are not looking good at this stage.
Parker is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Liverpool in the summer of 2018 following a three-year spell.
He moved to Merseyside from the Arsenal academy, and he also had a lengthy spell at Millwall this year before being released.
West Ham are looking to strengthen at centre-back in the January window following a wretched run that has heaped major pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena are the three first choices, while Winston Reid is on the comeback trail after playing for New Zealand during the international break.
Portugese centre-back Goncalo Cardoso, who turned 19 last month, 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 first XI.