Hammers land Chelsea, Real Madrid target


martinsamuelsen726Former Manchester City academy youngster Martin Samuelsen has joined the Irons ย on a two-year contract.

The Norwegian teenager was with the former Premier League champions for three years and after impressing at an Upton Park trial landed a deal until ย 2017 with the option of a further two years.

He told the club website: ‘I’m very pleased to have signed for West Ham United.I’m j ust really looking forward to getting started next season.

‘When I was on trial here at the end of last season, I was amazed at the individual planning for each player. They have a great plan for each player. The atmosphere there is very good.

‘First of all I want to play well for the U21s and get goals and assists. Overall I want to help the team do well and maybe lift the league title.

Academy boss Terry Westley said: ‘Martin is a very interesting character. He can play as a No 9 or No 10. As a young prodigy at 14, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City were all trying to sign him.

‘He’s gone through a real growth and development recently. We see the potential in this boy and we’re so pleased that we managed to persuade him to come. He had a number of Italian and German clubs interested in him yet he decided to join us.’

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Quickdraw Slaven a party says:

    He’ll be no good in Europe it’ll be passed his bedtime lol
    Only joking hopefully he’s as talented as they say and can be part of the team as we don’t have a what are youngsters policy anymore.

  • bubs says:

    How old is this photo he looks about 12 ?
    At least it’s not one of our boys being knocked again,
    This child slavery must stop,every club is in the same place where these lads join clubs at very young ages and then after 4-6 years the best are stolen by the top clubs,there should be a minimum age and a higher price if clubs take other teams players

  • eriko says:

    He sure looks exiting. I’ve done some research in Norwegian newspapers and there’s a lot of encouraging words about this fellow.

    Our youth coach stating he’s one of the mentally strongest characters he’s seen when it comes to discipline and training, and he’s got great pace to his game.

    Strong mentality seems to me has been the missing factor for all the young players who have failed to break through at this club in recent years. …Hines, Stanislas, Sears.. Ravel.

    Along with our last manager not having faith in our talent, we’ll see what happens in the future. I’m excited.

  • ChickenRunner says:

    Now we have a Norweigan resercher to go with our other C&H worldwide roving reporters,lol,he looks an exciting prospect for sure.Hope he does the business.Looks like he is going to be a young girls favourite too ๐Ÿ˜€

  • essexclarets says:

    What are the odds on never seeing him in the first team??
    hopefully he will prove to be outstanding.. why was he let go by citey?? Prob because they have about 300 players on the books. Sign everyone they can & hope that one in every hundred are any good. ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck to the lad..

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