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Official: Browne departs

West Ham has officially confirmed that Marcus Browne has made a permanent transfer to Championship side Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee understood by Claret and Hugh to be £200,000.

The 21-year-old Academy graduate was a regular for the Under 23s side in recent seasons, making 41 appearances in Premier League 2 matches and scoring 11 goals.

The attacking midfielder joined West ham at the age of eight. A skilful player capable of playing across the forward line, Browne made his senior debut and only appearance for West Ham as a substitute in the UEFA Europa League Play-Off round draw at Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in August 2016. Browne has also spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic and Oxford United.

Last summer he travelled with the first-team squad for pre-season training and appeared in the 3-2 defeat by FC Winterthur in Austria on 8 July 2018.

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“I felt at this stage and at this time, and after speaking to the gaffer and some of the players here, that this is the perfect move for me,” Browne told the Boro club website.

“I like to be direct, run at people, I like to be creative and attack.  feel like the style of play and philosophy the gaffer has here will suit me really well.”

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Official: Browne departs

  1. Do we have a sell on or buy back clause inserted in this deal?

  2. My thoughts exactly Dom it would be ironic that he becomes a multi million player at our expence

    • I would think it crazy not to insert such a clause when you have spent years developing a player and let them go for practically nothing. There must be some possible future reward. Buy back clauses should be standard when selling young players. Most likely they will never be exercised but having the option is key.

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