Promising Championship winger targeted by West Ham signs new contract

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Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach has penned a new contract despite interest from West Ham.

West Ham's start to the season has been sensational, with many of Sam Allardyce's summer signings impressing immediately.

Alex Song, Morgan Amalfitano, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have all been key players in Allardyce's 4-3-1-2 system, with home wins over Liverpool and Manchester City demonstrating the improvement from the Hammers.

However, that hasn't stopped rumours of potential January signings, with players such as Adam Reach of Middlesbrough being touted as a target.

The 21-year-old winger is following in the footsteps of fellow wide men Adam Johnson and current Hammers star Stewart Downing having come up through the Middlesbrough ranks, and his progress has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, notably Allardyce's West Ham.

However, any hopes of landing the former England youth international have ended after Middlesbrough confirmed that their prodigy has extended his contract at the Riverside Stadium.

"He’s a very good example for the Academy here. It’s the same as Ben Gibson, who has been out on loan and is now having success and playing in the first team," said Boro boss Aitor Karanka.

"Reachy has been fighting for his spot, he’s been out on loan, and now he’s in the first team, and he deserves it. This contract is good for him and for the team. He’s a good player and a very good lad. He is a great example for everyone," he added.

Reach has featured in 14 games so far this season, and even scored against Liverpool at Anfield in the Capital One Cup, which put him on the radar of a number of clubs - but he's tied his future to Middlesbrough, where he will receive regular first team football.

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