Speaking to the official West Ham website, Terry Westley admitted that players from his Under-21 team could be heading on loan this month, with a number of teams sending scouts to keep an eye on his players.
Speaking after the Hammers’ Under-21s defeated Brighton 2-0 on Monday, Westley said: “With 35 scouts there tonight they’ll have been impressed and there could well be more players going out on loan.”
A selection of West Ham’s most highly rated youngsters have already headed out on loan, with Martin Samuelsen, Lewis Page and Reece Burke all away from the club and impressing, but their Under-21s still clinched a 2-0 win against Brighton.
The watching scouts would have been impressed by Reece Oxford, who scored the second goal after another dominating performance that shows a maturity beyond his young years.
Djair Parfitt-Williams netted the opening goal, and has also been impressing this season in the Under-21 ranks, and Westley has admitted that it is likely that more players head out on loan.
Aside from Oxford - who has already featured in the first-team this season - it is likely that West Ham will accept most approaches for their youth players, to ensure their development continues with first-team football on a consistent basis.
There are no indications that any bids have yet been submitted to West Ham concerning the loaning of the youth players, but that is sure to change as the transfer window moves forward.