West Ham in talks with VVV Venlo over partnership, Terry Westley confirms potential link

The Dutch side could soon have Sam Westley on their books.

West Ham United look set to follow in the footsteps of fellow London clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in developing a partnership with a Dutch club which could see young players heading out to the country to ply their trade.

1limburg in The Netherlands are reporting on West Ham’s proposed partnership with Eerste Divisie outfit VVV Venlo.

The move was even confirmed by Terry Westley. West Ham’s academy director told the Dutch media:

"We are looking for clubs in Europe that want to work with us in the broadest sense of the word. VVV is the only club from the Netherlands which we have approached."

It would certainly seem that West Ham are serious about this potential option. The report went on to claim that West Ham will be sending out youngster Sam Westley, the son of Terry Westley, to Venlo as the first loanee as part of this new venture.

It has worked wonders for Chelsea in their partnership with Vitesse Arnhem. They have sent plenty of talented youngsters to the Eredivisie and right now the club have the likes of Izzy Brown, Nathan, Lewis Baker, Dominic Solanke and Danilo Pantic at the Gelredome in Holland.

Tottenham recently agreed a similar arrangement with Roda JC.

For West Ham it would certainly be a great link up for the club, especially when it comes to the development of young talent and indeed the pursuit of players whose work permit availability could be troublesome.

Chelsea have shown how the system can be played to their advantage and now West Ham clearly want a piece of the pie.

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