Report: West Ham field defender approach, player keen to move
By Will Butcher
Championship club Rotherham have made an approach to sign West Ham youngster Reece Burke on loan, according to a report.
The 19-year-old penned a new four-year deal with the Hammers earlier this week, after impressing in West Ham’s Europa League qualifier against Astra Giurgiu.
The Sheffield Star claim that the centre-back has been the subject of an enquiry from Alan Stubbs’ side as he looks to make his 12th signing of the summer.
“This season, another loan move may happen for me,” Burke told West Ham’s official website. “I think I’m going to try and do Championship – the next step. I’ll hopefully get another load of games under my belt.”
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Burke, won Bradford City’s Player of the Year last term, after the England under-20 international made 36 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell at Valley Parade.
The Newham-born academy graduate has made 11 appearances for the Hammers and was named the ‘Young Hammer of the year’ for the 2014-15 season.
Rotherham have taken full advantage of the loan system, signing the likes of Chelsea’s Izzy Brown, Cardiff’s Tom Adeyemi and Brighton’s Jake Forster-Caskey.
The Hammers are happy to allow their young fringe players to leave the London Stadium on-loan, after letting Stephen Hendrie join Blackburn and Josh Cullen join Bradford.
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