Report: West Ham hope to sign 'the next Andy Carroll', Hartlepool's Connor Simpson - and aim to pay just £60,000 fee

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

West Ham United are reportedly keen on Hartlepool forward Connor Simpson.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

According to The Sun, West Ham United are interested in signing Hartlepool striker Connor Simpson – and he could cost the Hammers just £60,000.

Simpson, 17, has come up through the ranks with Hartlepool, and whilst he only made his senior debut in April of this year, he is already making waves.

The striker has scored once in three games for Hartlepool this season, and his exploits for the North East side are unsurprisingly attracting interest from Premier League clubs.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll reacts after missing a goal scoring opportunity during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield...

The Sun report that West Ham United are now lining up Simpson, with the 6ft 5in striker ironically compared to fellow North East-born target man and current Hammers forward Andy Carroll.

The Hammers have a number of strikers at the club right now, with Javier Hernandez, Diafra Sakho and Carroll himself, but West Ham may also want to bring in a young striker to develop over the coming years.

Simpson fits the bill, and West Ham may hope that he can the next player to make the jump from non-league football to Premier League stardom, having seen the likes of Chris Smalling, Michail Antonio, Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy make similar paths in recent years.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on September 30, 2017 in London, England.

It's claimed that Simpson could cost West Ham just £60,000 – less than a week of Carroll's wages – and the Hammers could look to groom him as Carroll's long-term successor in attack.

With West Ham now hoping to secure a deal, the Hammers may bring in Simpson in January, and either loan him out or leave him in their development squad for the foreseeable future.

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