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Report: Irons reject bid

West Ham have rejected a bid from QPR for Emmanuel Longelo, according to journalist Mike McGrath.

The 21-year-old has previously been linked with Nottingham Forest, and The Sun reported last week that both Rangers and Bournemouth are interested.

QPR also appear to have made an attempt to secure Longelo’s signature, although McGrath has not revealed the nature of the offer tabled by the Championship club.

The 21-year-old has struggled to make a breakthrough in east London and has, thus far, made just two senior appearances for the Hammers.

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He played 90 minutes in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb, and came on as a substitute in the EFL Cup tie against Hull City in 2020.

His contract runs until 2023 so the Irons need to make a decision over his future this summer; this could be the final chance the club get to receive a fee for his services, or he may go on a free transfer next summer.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

7 comments on “Report: Irons reject bid

  1. Longelo is the perfect example of why many West Ham fans (and Everton ones in the past) are so frustrated with Moyes. We have excellent Academy players, of whom Longelo is one of the best, coupled with gaps, injuries and fatigue in the squad yet Moyes would rather play a “first-teamer” out of position than an untried player. Longelo is a better crosser of he ball, and looks faster, than Johnson, but when will he get a game? He has virtually no exposure but has still generated interest from a number of clubs, including Rangers, so why is he so (apparently) underapprecited by Moyes? Unless he plays in the first team we won’t know how good he is. Tyrick Mitchell at Palace is a good example of a young player who has developed quickly. His first role was to cover the gaps left when Zaha went forward, but now has improved his game and played for England. Why can’t Moyes show similar faith in some of our current group of exceptional young players and potentially save us a fortune in the transfer market?

    • Well said Selsdon that is the nail hit right on the proverbial head. I have been advocating the same for some time and it is a crying shame and waste.

  2. Ask him to sign an extension and loan him to Forest to get PL experience

  3. We can’t afford to trial these youngsters in the premier league. Too much at stake so send them out on loan and let’s see what they’re made off elsewhere. If they are good enough they can come back and challenge for a place in our first team.

    • We’ve been doing that for years and it doesn’t work. If you keep doing the same thing you get the same results. There is always a reason not to play a youth prospect but the art of successful evolution is to bring them through. Have you ever wondered why we have the second oldest team in the Premiership?

    • Sorry Clive but not so – other clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves, Brighton, Everton et Al all do promote young players, as we did pre-Moyes with Declan and Johnson. We have a history of doing that successfully. You just do it in a controlled manner. Your suggestion of loans has been done recently only to never give them s chance anyway – Cullen and Coventry. The fact is Moyes will not play young players here, he wants others to do it first then buy them. Out young players will just go elsewhere.

  4. yes, i also agree, AND i wonder why we keep buying young youthful players, only to sell them, or let them leave for free, a little while later, without giving them a chance.
    it seems that we want to win prem league 2 more than develop our first team.

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