Report: Roma extend Louie Watson trial after West Ham talent impresses manager Eusebio Di Francesco

West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold look on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Watson is not on a professional contract at West Ham United

A general view of the Stadio Olimpico before the UEFA Champions League group C match between AS Roma and Chelsea FC at Stadio Olimpico on October 31, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Roma are taking a closer look at West Ham United midfielder Louie Watson, the Mirror reports on page 48 of its printed edition on Monday.

It is claimed that Watson has impressed Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco during a seven-day trial with the Serie A giants, and will remain there this week.

Roma's Italian head coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Atletico Madrid and AS Roma at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in...

The 16-year-old has been a regular in West Ham's Under-18s this season, and won caps for England at Under-15 and -16 levels. The report adds, however, that the player is keen to play abroad.

West Ham are yet to tie Watson to a professional contract, but handed him a two-year scholarship deal earlier this year.

West Ham used to be renowned developers of young talent, with Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole all going on to have successful careers after coming through at Upton Park.

West Ham defender Declan Rice reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

However, the club has faced criticism for handing out fewer opportunities in recent years, with Declan Rice the only Hammrs player flying the academy flag this season.

Promising teenager Reece Oxford initially impressed at first team level, but has since found himself farmed out on loan with limited success.

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