As the end of the season draws ever closer, teams are beginning to make plans for next term – and that means tough decisions on player contracts.
Youth team players likely already have an indication about their futures, with trials now happening up and down the country for youngsters preparing to be released.
One of them is defender Levi Laing, who looks set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season having already featured for West Ham United.
We noted last month that Laing actually played against Arsenal’s U18s as a trialist with West Ham, as he seeks a deal with the Hammers.
This weekend, the 17-year-old played for West Ham’s U18s again, this time featuring in a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.
Laing played the full 90 minutes, starting at centre back alongside Kaelan Casey in a Hammers back four.
Formerly of Brentford, Laing can play as a centre back, defensive midfielder or right back, with West Ham potentially feeling that he has some untapped potential.
Intriguingly, Transfermarkt claim that Laing is already a full-time West Ham player, but there has been no confirmation of that, and he seems to still be a trialist as things stand.