Defender stars for League Two outfit days after being released by West Ham

By Tom Blackburn

Former West Ham left-back Nathan Mavila stood out for Cambridge United as they beat St Neots Town 2-1 in a friendly.

Mavila was released by West Ham at the start of the month, and lined up for League Two side Cambridge on Saturday as a triallist.

The left-back spent the last two months on loan at Wealdstone, the last of a series of loan spells as the 20-year-old looked to progress in senior football.

Prior to Wealdstone, Mavila spent four months in the National League with Aldershot but failed to make an appearance for the first team.

Since 2014, he has been a consistent member of the West Ham Under-21s team with his only goal coming as a 17-year-old against Norwich on his Under-21s debut.

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West Ham chose not to offer the London-born youngster a new contract in a summer when they have made major changes in the squad.

Long term fan favourite James Tomkins has left the club to join London rivals Crystal Palace, while boss Slaven Bilic is on the verge of a sixth summer signing already.

Football Insider reported that Carlos Bacca is on the verge of being signed for £25.6million, with Bilic already finalising the deals for Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina, while a loan deal for Gokhan Tore is all but done.

In other West Ham news, David Gold has confirmed that two further signings are imminent.