Back in November 2016, West Ham United’s academy director Terry Westley lavished praise on a 17-year-old by the name of Domingos Quina after the teenager signed his first professional contract with the London club.
“It shows how far we’ve come in the last few years; attracting one of the best talents, not only in England, but in Europe,” Westley told the club’s official website.
“He’s that good. He’s got that star quality and for him to commit long term to us is great news.”
One of Europe's biggest talents
Flash forward almost two years, however, and Quina has made just six first-team appearances for the Hammers and does not even have a Premier League debut on his CV. It seems that a player once viewed as West Ham’s next big thing is now set for the exit.
According to the Mirror (live blog, 2:00pm), Leeds United have made contact with West Ham about potentially signing the Portuguese U19 international, who needs first-team football in order to fulfil his massive potential.
It is understood that Newcastle are interested too but, if it is regular minutes Quina needs, dropping down to the Championship might do him some good.
With just one year left on his contract, Quina could be available on the cheap just to make a potential deal even more exciting for the Elland Road faithful. Sky Sports claimed back in June that West Ham were ready to cash in.
And if Westley is right, Leeds could soon have themselves a youngster of real top class potential.