Report: Stephen Hendrie set for West Ham move, won't join until summer

Hamilton Academical left back Stephen Hendrie has reportedly arrived in London to sign a pre-contract agreement with West Ham.

According to the Daily Record, Hamilton Academical left back Stephen Hendrie has arrived in London tonight to pena pre-contract agreement with West Ham United.

The 20-year-old defender is one of the most highly rated Scottish youngsters right now, and appears to have finally agreed a move to Upton Park.

West Ham recently had a £2m bid accepted for Hendrie, but then stalled on the deal - leading Hamilton Academical vice-chairman Ronnie McDonald to slam the Hammers, and say he'd rather lose Hendrie for free than sell him to West Ham, with his contract in its final six months.

Well, it seems that exact situation has played out - and he's still joining West Ham! According to the Daily Record, Hendrie will sign a pre-contract agreement with the Hammers, meaning he will join Sam Allardyce's men on a free transfer in the summer.

"Stephen is delighted that everything is now in place and his future is settled," said one of Hendrie's representatives, according to the Daily Record. "He will play out the rest of the season at Hamilton ahead of a terrific move in the summer."

West Ham have little depth behind summer signing Aaron Cresswell at left back, and it seems Allardyce is keen to land some competition for him.

Hendrie provides just that, and has recently been linked with a move to Celtic having impressed in the Scottish Premiership this season.

However, he's seemingly off to West Ham in a great deal for the Hammers, who have got their left back target and saved themselves £2m in the process!

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