West Ham’s hopes of signing Championship wonder-kid could be crushed as Aston Villa are weighing up a move, according to reports.

Given their previous success in signing players from the Championship, it is no wonder that West Ham are keen to sign a player from the second tier of English football. The club seem to believe it is somewhat of an untapped market, which is certainly a fair assessment. It seems more common than ever that some of England’s biggest talents are being discovered from the lower leagues.

A number of Championship players have been linked with a move to East London this January, Leif Davis, Jack Clarke and Jonathan Rowe. The latter made headlines recently for his sensational solo goal against Hull. 

There is no doubt that Rowe could be an unbelievable player, and there is good reason to believe he could be ready to take the step up to the Premier League. At just 20 years old, he has the potential to go on to be world-class and it is no wonder that the Hammers would want to sign him. 

The winger has 13 goal involvements in 25 league games this season for Norwich and is one of the main reasons they are only two points away from a playoff place. Losing their star boy midseason could completely derail any hope they had of coming back to the top flight.

Unfortunately, they are not the only ones interested in doing so as talkSPORT report Aston Villa are also keen on acquiring his services. Unai Emery’s side currently find themselves in a title race and are keen to sustain their push. In reality, Villa are probably aiming for a top 4 finish and someone like Rowe could give them an edge.

Unsurprisingly, the Canaries will want a pretty penny for Rowe and it is expected that it will cost at least £20 million to convince them to sell. If this is the case, that may be more than our Irons are willing to spend as they are walking a tightrope when it comes to FFP. The news about Nottingham Forest and Everton (again) apparently breaking regulations will give the club even more reason to fear. 

If we can find the funds though, then the youngster would be an excellent addition to our arsenal and could turn out a steal for that price. He may not necessarily be a nailed on starter right now, but his potential warrants the price. It would be a risk, but one that would be worth taking. 

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