According to a report from All Nigeria Soccer, West Ham have tabled a €200,000 (£155,000) bid to sign Nigerian teenager Agor Chukwudi - and ASJ Academy's CEO claims the deal is likely to go through.
The Hammers have been adding a host of talented young players since Slaven Bilic's arrival as manager last summer, with the likes of Martin Samuelsen, Luka Belic, Sam Ford and Toni Martinez all arriving in East London.
Now, the focus on youth appears to be continuing as the club gear up for their big move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, with a deal possibly in place for a Nigerian starlet.
All Nigeria Soccer report that West Ham have tabled a bid of €200,000 (£155,000) for ASJ Academy star Agor Chukwudi - and they then spoke to ASJ Academy's CEO, who admitted a deal is very likely.
Chukwudi, 17, is primarily a central midfielder who featured for Nigeria as they won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, with a host of players from that Nigeria team drawing interest.
Now, it appears that Chukwudi is the latest, and he looks to be heading to West Ham in a deal which will see ASJ Academy insert a 10% sell-on clause in the contract.
After breaking the news, All Nigeria Soccer spoke to ASJ Academy's CEO Emeka Amajiriaku, and he admitted that West Ham have offered a contract to Chukwudi without him even having to go through a trial in East London, and with the player's best interests at heart, ASJ are likely to accept the deal.
"West Ham have offered Agor Chukwudi a straight contract without him having to undergo trials, very soon he’ll turn 18," said Amajiriaku. "We are studying the offer and it is very likely we will accept it. We are interested in the player’s development and not the money that is being offered," he added.
After some disappointing performances from Nigerian stars Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike this season, the Hammers will be hoping that Chukwudi fares somewhat better in claret and blue - if the deal does indeed go ahead this summer.
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