Grays Athletic manager Mark Bentley has told the Thurrock Gazette that he isn't aware of any interest from West Ham United in striker Dumebi Dumaka.
Reports from the Daily Mail last week suggested that West Ham have been monitoring the 21-year-old hitman having already hit 13 goals this season, and it was suggested that Dumaka would be invited to train at the Hammers' Chadwell Heath base ahead of a possible move for the player.
Tapping in to local non-league talent is an interesting route for West Ham, and Dumaka's goalscoring exploits have unsurprisingly attracted their interest - but that may be news to Grays manager Bentley.
Speaking to the Thurrock Gazette, Bentley claims that whilst Dumaka is impressing right now, he doesn't actually have any knowledge of interest from West Ham.
"DD is doing really well at the moment and is scoring some important goals for us but I don’t know anything about West Ham interest," said Bentley.
In recent years, Grays have helped launch the careers of Gary Hooper, Freddie Eastwood, Aaron McLean and Michael Kightly, and it seems that West Ham are now interested in monitoring their success with young talent.
Given the close proximity between the two clubs, scouting their players seems like a sensible move for West Ham, especially considering how non-league talent has risen to the Premier League in recent years, such as Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy.