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New loan spell for Hammers prospect

West Ham United winger Martin Samuelsen has extended his loan spell with Norwegian Eliteserien side FK Haugesund until 31 December.

whufc.com reports that the 22-year-old has been with his hometown club since the start of the Norwegian season, scoring twice in 12 top flight appearances to date.

Samuelsen has also notched four times in Haugesund’s run to the last 16 of the Norwegian Cup, where they play second-tier Strommen on Wednesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

The extension to Samuelsen’s loan will cover the remainder of Haugesund’s campaign, with his team aiming to push up from mid-table towards the UEFA Europa League places.

ClaretandHugh says: We genuinely thought Martin was destined for big things at the Hammers after arriving from the Manchester City youth set-up. He looked to have everything required at a club which has always put the emphasis on skill and inventive football. Yet illness and injury saw his career stall after loan moves to Peterborough, Blackburn, back to Peterborough, Burton Albion, VV-Venta and now Haugesund. Finally he has found himself  back home and seemingly with only remote chances of sparking a Hammers career which looked right there for him. Without a Manchester City or Hammers first team appearance behind and forced to recover from an illness whilst with our under 23s Martin looks destined for a career probably in Norway but at 22 we hope he will become a late developer as at his best the boy has skill to burn and is a player we’d love to see flourish at the highest level. It would be awful to remember him in terms of “Whatever happened too…..”

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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