Report: West Ham enter race for Shilow Tracey; Peter Varney comments on potential transfer

West Ham, Tottenham, Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with Tracey.

According to a report in Kent Online, Shilow Tracey has become a transfer target of West Ham United, who join a number of teams in hoping to sign the youngster.

A midfielder, Tracey is just 17-years-old, but is currently enjoying a prosperous time with Ebbsfleet. He is one of a number of players to be impressing in their newly set-up academy system.

West Ham are the latest team to enter the race for his signature, and the report states that a host of other teams from both the Premier League and Championship have already scouted him this season.

The most high-profile are Tottenham and Stoke City, although Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic are also mentioned in the report.

Speaking in the report, Ebbsfleet vice-chairman Peter Varney commented on a potential deal, admitting that he cannot hold back the youngster if a top team comes calling.

Varney said: “Do you stop the boy having the chance of a lifetime, with all the money you can earn in the Premier League? We’re trying to produce players for Ebbsfleet but if you produce a top-class player like Shilow, you can’t hold the lad back. You can’t beat the Premier League. However much you might want to say ‘we’ll take on Spurs,’ you have to be pragmatic and make sure Ebbsfleet gets the best deal possible.”

Is West Ham the best option for Tracey?

West Ham have a world famous academy system, and, in Slaven Bilic, a head coach who is willing to utilise youth players in his first-team. Reece Oxford is younger than Tracey, and has already played in the Premier League this season.

This shows that Tracey would not be far away from a first-team opportunity if he headed to the Hammers, and only Spurs can offer the same sort of guarantees about a route to the first-team as West Ham.

If the Hammers are seriously tracking Tracey, they have a great chance of tempting the youngster to the Boleyn Ground.

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