West Ham ready for talks over deal for forward mentored by Rio Ferdinand - report
West Ham are ready to hold talks over a new deal for Under-23s forward Marcus Browne, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are responding to the fact that RB Leipzig, Leverkusen, Napoli and Sevilla had all sent scouts to keep close tabs on Browne, 20, when he scored four goals against Everton Under-23s in Premier League 2 on Monday night.
It is understood that the Hammers are preparing for the £5million-rated attacker to make the step up into the first-team and are expecting to hold talks over a fresh deal, despite him only signing a three-and-a-half year agreement last January.
Browne has only ever made one first-team appearance for the London club when he featured for 15 minutes against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League in 2016.
He is said to be mentored by ex-West Ham star Rio Ferdinand through his agency and is closing in on a more active role in the senior set-up.
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If West Ham can pocket £5million for a player who only has 15 minutes of first-team football for them, they should take it. Promoting youth players to the senior side is always a massive risk and only occasionally does it work out well. Browne clearly has a lot of talent but he is already 20-years-old and usually it is players who are younger than that who break into the first-team if they have something special about them. With a lot of interest in Browne from abroad, the Hammers should consider a sale, but only if it is for £5million.