West Ham have tabled an offer to striker Mipo Odubeko as talks advance on signing him in the coming weeks, Football Insider can reveal.
The 16-year-old is out of contract after quitting Manchester United over the summer and has attracted strong interest from Europe’s elite.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club have climbed into pole position to win the race for Odubeko.
They have offered him what the source explained was a “lucrative” contract and promised a pathway into their first team as they look to beat the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid to his signature.
The Republic of Ireland Under-17 international is a free agent after rejecting United’s offer of a new two-year contract over the summer.
The Premier League giants were very keen to tie him down after he banged in a remarkable 35 goals last season for their age-group sides.
He believes he can get more first team opportunities elsewhere, which is why West Ham are now well placed to secure him to a deal.
The Londoners will see the addition as a huge coup if they manage to pull it off as Odubeko has the qualities of pace, speed and finishing to progress to first-team football.
Man United will also be due a compensation figure from West Ham if they do secure his signature.
His stock has also risen at international level and the Republic face competition to tie him down as he also qualifies to play for Nigeria.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled a Collins offer.