Marcus Browne is set to complete a permanent move to Middlesbrough, subject to a medical, according to ExWHUEmployee.
It is disappointing enough to see a young talent leave, but what may make things even more frustrating for Hammers fans is that the club is only set to receive around £300,000 for the 21-year-old, as reported by ExWHUEmployee.
Marcus Browne spent last season on loan at Oxford United, where he scored nine goals and assisted four times from 32 starts and 12 substitute appearances in all competitions.
He was often able to drift past defenders and ended up scoring some eye-catching goals, as shown in a video on West Ham’s official YouTube channel, which gave the indication he could take a step up from League One.
The attacking midfielder’s current contract at West Ham comes to an end in the summer of 2020, so it was understandable the club felt a decision needed to be made on his future – though there will have surely been many hoping it would be a contract extension.
With his 15 minutes at the end of a 1-1 draw against Astra Giurgiu in 2016 still being the academy graduate’s only game time for West Ham’s first team, it would have been good to see Browne given an opportunity to prove himself in claret and blue.
If this deal for Browne goes through at £300,000 then Middlesbrough have got an absolute steal.
West Ham may have been influenced by the fact that Browne only has a year left on his contract, but even so, that seems such a small amount for a player who has such potential.
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