West Ham have entered the race for 17-year-old English wonder-kid this Summer.

With Tim Steidten fully in control of transfers, it allows the club to start planning for the long-term future. While they do need a massive rebuild this Summer it doesn’t mean they can’t bring in some prospects too.

Obviously, the likes of George Earthy as well as other academy players are expected to play an increased role in the coming season, but the club will also look to recruit top talents too. In particular, the Standard reports that the Hammers are weighing up a move for Port Vale’s Baylor Dipepa.

The 17-year-old striker became the clubs second  youngest goalscorer back in March, and he managed a further 3 goal involvements since. This earned him a place in the England U17s Euros squad, where he scored in the young Lion’s 4-0 win over France.

Given how impressive he’s been at such a young age, it’s no surprise that he has a whole heap of clubs chasing his signature, with multiple clubs in the Midlands leading the race.

He’s earned his first professional contract with the Vale and this doesn’t expire until 2026. With how much potential he’s showing, the now League 2 side will certainly demand a relatively big fee for a youngster coming from the lower leagues of English football.

Ultimately, it’s a massive risk, but he has all the makings of a striker who can go right to the very top. Hopefully he does that for West Ham rather than anyone else.

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