Academy boss Terry Westley has everything crossed that brilliant teenager Domingos Quina commits his future to West Ham next month.
The 17 year old hits 18 in November at which stage he can agree to a long term deal and, as one of the most sought after players around, it would represent a massive piece of business for the club.
Westley told ClaretandHugh : “Everybody who is on the inside of the game knows just how good this kid is and it would be a huge coup for the club to land him on his first long term deal.
“I want him to stay with us and I know he is very happy here – he can go on to be anything he wants to be in European and World football.”
Meanwhile, Westley is delighted with the progress being made by the under 23 team who currently sit fifth in Premier League 2 Division 1 following their promotion last season.
They have won three and drawn one of their six games and have Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City above them with Tottenham plumb bottom with just one win.
Westley said: “In our game against Leicester they had players worth around £50 m in transfer fees on the field and had Robert Huth at the back yet we fought brilliantly and although beaten 3-1 and then 2-0 by Liverpool we bounced back to beat Sunderland.
“And given that Declan (Rice) hasn’t kicked a ball for us all season I have to be very well pleased with the way the lads have settled in this division. They are doing well but must just keep their focus. It’ all about producing the next first teamers!”