Elliot Lee admits desire to leave West Ham on loan

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Elliot Lee has admitted he hopes to leave West Ham on loan this week.

The Football League loan window closes this Thursday, and Elliot Lee has told the official West Ham website that he hopes he can leave on loan to pick up some first-team experience on a consistent basis.

The 20-year-old striker said: “As for me personally, we’ll see what happens from here really. I’d like to think I’ve put in a good performance tonight so hopefully I’m allowed to go out on loan, obviously the window closes in a few days.”

Lee was speaking after West Ham’s Under-21s 3-2 win over Derby County, in which the young striker netted a brace to take his tally to four goals in six Under-21 games this term.

Lee started the season as part of Slaven Bilic’s first-team, starting two and make two substitute appearances in the Europa League qualifying rounds at the beginning of the campaign.

He netted his first professional goal for the Hammers against Lusitanos, but has not yet appeared in the Premier League due to the strength of Bilic’s first-team squad.

He has been relegated to youth football again, and Lee has admitted that he wants to head out on loan again before the close of the Football League window this week. The forward has spent spells at Luton and Colchester previously in his career, and wants to test himself again to prove he is good enough for the Hammers.

A loan deal makes the most sense for Lee, as he is too good for Under-21 football but not yet ready for the West Ham team, and surely a Championship side would be willing to sign the exciting striker in the coming days.

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