Report: Leeds rivalling West Ham to sign Viv Solomon-Otabor

Paul Heckingbottom, Manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

Championship duo Leeds United and Derby County are keen on Birmingham City's Blackpool loanee Solomon-Otobor, as are West Ham United.

Viv Solomon-Otabor of Blackpool leaves the pitch with a cut above his eye     during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Blackpool at Sixfields on October 28, 2017 in...

Viv Solomon-Otabor has enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Blackpool and has seemingly attracted admirers from higher up the Football League pyramid.

All Nigeria Soccer has claimed on Thursday that Leeds United, West Ham and Derby County are all big fans of the 22-year-old winger, who is spending the season at Bloomfield Road from Championship side Birmingham City.

Paul Heckingbottom, Manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

It is understood that Solomon-Otabor has a year left on his contract at Birmingham and would consider leaving the club this summer. All Nigeria Soccer believes the winger was ‘distraught’ when he was told at the start of the season by then-Blues boss Harry Redknapp that he was not part of his plans.

But the London-born Nigerian has seized his chance to make an impression at Blackpool, scoring four goals and setting up another five in League One after rejecting the chance to sign for both Charlton Athletic or Bolton Wanderers.

Viv Solomon-Otabor of Blackpool attempts to control the ball under pressure from Shaun McWilliams of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton...

Solomon-Otabor played 25 Championship games without scoring a single goal for Birmingham, however, and would have plenty to prove if he joined second tier sides Leeds or Derby in the off-season.

And a move to West Ham would certainly raise eyebrows. Although some of the Hammers’ better signings in the last few years have come from the lower leagues, such as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell.

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