Luton Town boss confirms goal sensation Lee Angol had trials at West Ham and Crystal Palace

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The former Boreham Wood loanee scored 30 goals in 47 games last season.

Luton Town manager John Still has confirmed that Premier League clubs West Ham United and Crystal Palace were two teams interested in his striker Lee Angol this summer, prior to his move to Peterborough United.

Still told Luton Today that he had spent time on trial with the two clubs, as well as Championship side Wolves this summer.

He stated: “We made an offer for Lee that he wasn’t interested in and once he wasn’t interested in doing it, we didn’t want him, simple as that.

“I think he trained with West Ham, Wolves, Crystal Palace and they didn’t show any interest.

“In a conversation with Peterborough, we didn’t have to go to a tribunal, they were happy to do a deal with us that we were happy with."

The interest from West Ham and Palace was understandable considering his excellent 2014-15 season. He spent the campaign on loan at the Conference South side Boreham Wood – scoring 30 goals in 47 appearances for the club.

It would appear that West Ham and Palace might have been keen on the player, with both teams having previous for recruiting from the non-league, but that after a trial they decided he did not have the necessary skill set.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster instead agreed a move to Peterborough. The Posh have a good track record of bringing in players from the non-league system and Angol will hope to follow in those footsteps going forward.

West Ham of course have plenty of strikers in their arsenal already, as do Palace, so the absence of Angol is not likely to be majorly felt in the ranks.

But if he bangs in the goals in League One next season the two clubs may begin to think they should have taken a punt.

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