Report: West Ham handed boost in their bid to sign Agor Chukwudi

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United handed a boost in their hopes of signing Nigerian midfielder Agor Chukwudi.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

According to a report from Portuguese newspaper Record, West Ham United have been given a boost in their attempts to sign Agor Chukwudi after Sporting Lisbon dropped out of the race.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is always on the lookout to recruit talented young players and it was reported by All Nigeria Soccer recently that the Hammers were keen on signing Nigerian youngster Chukwudi.

The 17-year-old was one of the stars of Nigeria’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph in 2015 and the reports had claimed that West Ham offered a fee of around £155,000 to sign the ASJ Academy star.

	West Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham have proposed to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Olympics

Speaking about the bid, ASJ Academy CEO Emeka Amajiriaku had said, “West Ham have offered Agor Chukwudi a straight contract without him having to undergo trials, very soon he’ll turn 18.

“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.”

However, West Ham had faced competition in the race to sign Chukwudi from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, who were also said to be very keen on recruiting the services of the Nigerian wonderkid.

Now as a big boost to the Hammers’ hopes of signing Chukwudi though, Record claims that Sporting have dropped out of the race for the midfielder and West Ham are currently in pole position to land the youngster.

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