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Hammers eyeing duo, says Ex

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.”

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3 comments on “Hammers eyeing duo, says Ex

  1. What is the point of buying up youngsters ? David Moyes won’t play them and they will either end up injured and finished, going to another Club, or they will have to cool the their feet at dumps like Peterborough, wasting their time and talent. When sides like Liverpool are giving their young Players a chance and are being rewarded for it.

    • Disagree tbh. If the right calibre of young player becomes available we should bring them in. But the important thing thereafter is their development and in my view that means getting them out on loan at a decent level where they can develop their game, playing proper competitive football as opposed to the Under 23 league.

      As a club we are unable to compete with the Chelseas of this world and go out and bring in players like Lukaku. But we can look at Chelsea’s record of producing young players, good enough to play in the Premier League, and try to build our youth academy back up to the level it used to have back in the day.

  2. Is this the same Kerr Smith that Aston Villa were reported to be buying in the final week of the transfer window one year ago? Apparently Villa couldn’t quite get it over the line, plus they were also, according to reports, fighting off competition from Everton and Manchester United who were supposedly also keen on his services. Well a whole year has gone by since then and no one has bought him. Makes you wonder whether there is any truth in these rumours or whether this is the lads agents trying to drum up publicity for their player to attract interest from bigger clubs and increase their value.

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