West Ham in talks to seal last-minute swoop for striker with 56 goals in two years - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham appear to be making a last-minute effort to land French teenager Alexandre Mlinde before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday, according to a report.
French news outlet Foot Mercato claims that the Hammers are in talks with the 17-year-old’s representatives about a potential move to the London Stadium after his goal scoring record in lower league football last season caught the club’s attention.
Mlinde plays for amateur club AS Minguettes, who are based the suburbs of Lyon, and he netted pretty much a goal every game last term as he scored 21 times in 22 appearances.
Foot Mercato adds that the season before that, he found the net a staggering 35 times, bringing his total for the past two years up to 56.
West Ham perhaps won’t see Mlinde as a striker who can come into their first-team straight away and could very much be seen as a star of the future.
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The French teenage sensation may also not be the only forward to sign for the Hammers before Thursday’s deadline with Sky Sports reporting that Lorient’s Abdul Majeed Waris is in London for talks with the Premier League club.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham take their youth system very seriously and over the decades they have produced some of the finest names in English football, all the way from Bobby Moore to Frank Lampard. Mlinde could be one of the next players to join that list as there’s no doubt that his move to London would be to join up with the academy lads. Like any deal for a young player, it remains to be seen whether or not he can live up to expectations in the future. The Hammers have already gone about looking to the future this summer by signing Sead Haksabanovic. More players coming through the doors like them will surely give fans something to look forward to in the future.