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Report suggests West Ham lead the pursuit of 17-year-old striking starlet

West Ham supporters have been reasonably cheerful in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s key win over Swansea City last time out.

Slaven Bilic’s men were languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three prior to their meeting with the South Wales outfit, yet a Diafra Sakho strike in the final minute secured the Hammers a much-needed 1-0 to lift them up to 15th in the table.

And the East London outfit will be hoping for back-to-back league wins for the first time since January when they travel to Burnley on Saturday, and there may more promising news to come for our resident West Ham fans if a recent report from The Sun is anything to go by.

And that’s because they report that the Hammers lead Swansea and West Brom in pursuit of Hartlepool United starlet Connor Simpson.

The 17-year-old striker came up through the youth ranks at Victoria Road to make his senior debut for the club in their 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town back in April of this year.

And the youngster has since made five further appearances for the North East side and indeed scored on his first start for the club against Maidstone last month, suggesting that he is beginning to take great strides forward in his career.

And his fine start to life at Hartlepool has reportedly attracted the interest of West Ham, Swansea, and West Brom, who are lining up a £60,000 move for Simpson in a bid to strengthen their youth ranks at their respective clubs.

But where the highly-rated forward ends up very much remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: West Ham are well-known around the world for their youth policy and producing young players that go on to become huge stars.

So news that they are reportedly interested in Hartlepool United striker Connor Simpson is likely to be of interest to the 17-year-old, who only six months ago made his senior debut for the Conference side.

But decent displays since then, including a goal on his first start last month, has interested the Hammers as well as Swansea City and West Brom, with it seemingly clear that Simpson has a bright future in the game.

But West Ham’s history of developing youngsters may be the determining factor in the 17-year-old’s decision should all three make a move in the coming transfer windows.

West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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