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Irons face competition for young star

West Ham are weighing up a move for 17-year-old Malmo midfielder Amel Mujanic this summer.

But we may have to muscle it out with Leeds United to get the youngster who has been impressing many scouts.

The reports claim that both teams are poised to make a move after the player’s agent discussed a possible move to the UK as doubts arise he is ready to agree a professional contract.

Mujanic, was involved for Sweden at last summer’s European U17 Championships but has not yet featured in Malmo’s first team.

Swedish publication Afton Bladet have reported however that the Irons and Leeds are both keeping a keen eye on the teenager.

ClaretandHugh says: The encouraging aspect of this story is that it seems the Irons are keeping a very keen eye open on the best young talent around in Europe and doing so ahead of a Breexit which would put the block on us – – as non EU members – signing various youngsters. Already Xavi Silva and Mesaque Dju have arrived from Portugal with Sporting CP teenager Nuno Moreira being strongly rumoured as another arrival over the summer. The emergence of Declan, Grady Diangana and the potential shown by Ben Johnson at Manchester City on his debut is a testimony to the attitude of Manuel Pellegrini and his readiness to give the best youngsters a chance. That will undoubtredly attract more and more classy youngsters to the club. The Hammers lived with an academy wilderness for over ten years before this season and now appear ready to sink more and more resources into an area of the club which is proving very fruitful. 

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon
 

One comment on “Irons face competition for young star

  1. I think the policy is to attract young talent rather than big name signings with a view to a pipeline 5 years in the future if young players can regularly break through into the first team it will make us an attractive proposition. Silva, Diangana, Coventry and of course Rice have showed its possible although only Rice has become a regular which is indicative of the fact that very few young players have the drive, consistency and resiliency required to make it as PL pro’s, managers are frightened for the most part to take risk. MP does seem to like to give young players a chance and hopefully that will continue unlike with Slav who tried it for a season then lost interest.

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