Sheffield Wednesday have set their sights on signing West Ham attacker Nathan Holland this summer, Football Insider can reveal.
The winger, 21, is currently on loan at League One side Oxford United after failing to break into the Hammers team in the first half of the season.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Wednesday have been hugely impressed by the impact Holland has made in the English third tier.
Club scouts have delivered glowing reports about the performances of the left winger and believe he is ready to make the step up to the Championship next season.
There is a sense Irons boss David Moyes may be willing to let Holland go permanently.
He turns 22 in June but has played only four times for his parent club amid internal concern he is “too lightweight” for Premier League football.
West Ham allowed him to go out on loan to Oxford early in the January window and he has been a mainstay of Karl Robinson’s starting XI.
Holland scored twice in the 5-0 drubbing of AFC Wimbledon last week and also netted against Newcastle United in the FA Cup.
The attacker, who can play on both wings and in the number 10 role, has struggled to break through at West Ham despite being widely tipped to make a big first-team impression.
Capped by England at Under-19 level, he scored 11 goals and supplied six assists from 12 Premier League 2 matches in the first half of this season.
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