Could West Ham United be about to bring another talented youngster in from Manchester City?
According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, West Ham United are interested in bringing Manchester City striker Devante Cole to Upton Park in a permanent deal, having initially taken him on trial.
If the Hammers manage that, it would be a wonderful long-term investment and could ultimately see two former City youth players developing an effective partnership in West Ham’s first-team.
Slaven Bilic’s side recently signed former City youngster Martin Samuelsen and the 18-year-old attacking midfielder has been brilliant during pre-season, showing tantalising glimpses of what he could one day be doing on a regular basis for West Ham’s senior side.
The Norwegian is a fine addition and if West Ham could also get Cole, the 20-year-old striker could one day benefit from playing in front of Samuelsen given the latter's creativity.
It is mere speculation at this point, but with West Ham’s academy manager Terry Westley confirming to the Standard that his side were hopeful of sealing a deal for Cole, there is a chance that he and Samuelsen could develop together at the club.
Cole has scored eight goals and provided six assists for City’s under-21 side and has also scored relatively regularly during loan spells at MK Dons and Barnsley.
Considering his father is Andy Cole, the youngster clearly has goal-scoring in his blood and with Samuelsen supplying the ammunition it could be that West Ham are already working towards building their forward-line of the future.