West Ham are willing to sell young playmaker Marcus Browne this transfer window for the right price, according to Football Insider.
There have reportedly been a series of enquiries about the 21-year-old from lower league clubs, whose attention could have been captured by his performances in an Oxford United shirt last season.
However, the report indicates those performances and his pre-season showings haven’t been enough to convince Manuel Pellegrini that he should be kept in claret and blue.
Browne started 25 League One games for Oxford, coming on as a substitute nine times, going on to score six goals and assist four – he also managed to get on the scoresheet in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
He showed glimpses of true quality, as he ghosted past defenders and provided some exquisite finishes, which are shown on West Ham’s official YouTube channel.
This was his first experience of being a key player for a senior side, having only managed 14 minutes while on loan with Wigan.
He made his Hammers debut when he came on for the last 15 minutes of a Europa League draw against Astra Giurgiu in 2016, but still hasn’t added a single minute to that tally. Goal reported earlier this summer that he was to be given his chance in pre-season and that those behind the scenes at the club did see his potential, so the Football Insider report does come as somewhat of a surprise.
Browne’s contract expires next summer and there hasn’t been any coverage regarding an extension, so it is understandable that West Ham would rather get rid now and command a fee.
However, to not give him a chance after impressing so much during his time at Oxford seems a little bit dismissive, as there is not too much more the 21-year-old could have done to prove himself in that position.
Indeed, he is a talented player who has support behind the scenes as Goal allude to. Furthermore, Terry Westley spoke highly of the attacker to the club’s official website in February as someone who can drive with the ball, so does appear to have a promising level of talent.
With that in mind, if Pellegrini doesn’t think he’s quite ready yet, the club should offer him an extension before sending him out on loan again as it seems a shame to let an exciting young player leave permanently.
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