West Ham set to make a seven-figure bid for 19-year-old emerging star - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are set to bid £1million for Oxford youngster Ryan Ledson, according to a report.
Independent website West Ham World has claimed a source close to the site has told them that the Hammers are readying a seven-figure bid for the 19-year-old central midfielder.
It is detailed that the offer for Ledson will be set at an initial £750,000 with £250,000 in bonuses based on future appearances alongside a 5% sell on fee.
It is also reported that the young emerging star will be loaned back to Oxford in League One for the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign and fellow West Ham youngster Toni Martinez is also expected to make a return to the Oxfordshire-based side.
Ledson only joined Oxford last summer for an undisclosed fee from Premier League side Everton where he made one Europa League appearance for the club.
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He has since played a more prominent role in the English third tier and has been a standout star, playing 31 times in total in all competitions for Michael Appleton’s club.
The teenager does also still have two years remaining on his contract at Oxford, but the lure of a Premier League club could tempt him to make the step up once more.
Football Insider verdict:
It is strange to see West Ham linked with teenager’s after David Gold’s comments over the weekend and those words from the co-owner are hardly going to entice youngsters to join the club. However, after previously having struggled to make his mark in the Everton team which is now being applauded for the opportunities they are handing to young players he could look for a Premier League move with the feeling that he has something to prove. Ledson is clearly a talented player in League One, but it is now just a question of whether he can make the step up and if West Ham will give him opportunity to do so.
In other West Ham transfer news, the father of £80,000-a-week Hammers star has talked about the possibility of his son leaving the club.