Ex WHU Employee claims that the Hammers are keeping a close eye on two youngsters ahead of the January transfer window.
The Irons enjoyed an aggressive summer of recruitment but it seems that the club are looking towards the U23s and potentially bringing in young talent who can blossom in east London.
Preston North End’s Lewis Leigh and Dundee United’s Kerr Smith are both said to be of interest to the Irons.
Ex claims that Smith could have joined the Irons in the final week of the summer transfer window but were unable to get a deal over the line.
Smith is just 16 but he has already made his breakthrough at first-team level, making seven first-team appearances for the club.
Leigh, by comparison, is 17 and has yet to make an appearance for the Championship club, although he has made the bench and has played for the U18s.
Speaking on his podcast, Ex said: “The club are looking at getting some young players signed up. There are a few players from other clubs who we are keeping an eye on. One is Lewis Leigh, plays for Preston. He’s someone we’ve looked at and are continuing to monitor. A guy called Kerr Smith who we were close to signing on deadline day, he is one as well who we are keeping an eye on.”