West Ham United are keeping a close watch on Histon winger Nick Freeman.
Freeman has broken into the Histon first team at a very young age and impressed on his previous trial at West Ham, which suggests the Premier League side may invest him this summer, based on how he performs over the rest of the season.
The Hammers have always had a very good youth system which has produced some of the club’s finest talent and nurtured the skill of any young prospect the club has spent money on.
Freeman has a big reputation for being one of the quickest players outside professional football, which could be a reason that West Ham are trying to jump the gun and are in the best position to sign him.
He can also play on either side of a main front man, which means he’s a versatile attacking option for whichever potential West Ham side he represents if he’s given a chance at the club.
It’s important to point out that they are still interested in him and the online media reports suggest, they didn’t see the point in signing him now, hence why they told him to go back to Histon until after May.
However, the fact they did not secure him on a permanent deal straight away is alarming in itself because it means that any other side that wants to look at him can still do so over the course of the season, and in the summer.
It’s a non-league signing so it won’t cost West Ham a huge amount of money and Chris Smalling of Manchester United is the perfect example of the sort of level, a talented non-league prospect can reach if handled in the right way.
The recent example of Daniel Carr at Liverpool is also recent proof that any non-league player who does the basics of the game correctly and consistently, can get noticed by a Premier League giant.
They are in pole position to snap him up because Norwich City didn’t move after he had a trial at Carrow Road and the only other side thought to be interested in him are Ipswich Town.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that West Ham is a better move than Ipswich.
Hammers fans, happy with this or should your team be going after bigger signings?
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