West Ham are in pole position to sign highly sought after, British wonder-kid this Summer.

With there being concerns about how far away West Ham are from fulfilling the homegrown quota, it is no surprise that they’ve been linked with a move for a number of English players. From Premier League proven to hidden gems, there are some great English talents that the Hammers could pick up for cheap.

However, there is one area that is arguably underutilised in the homegrown clause, and that’s the inclusion of Welsh players. Where there are multiple Welsh clubs playing in the English leagues, it only makes sense that they’d be included in the quota and it’s there that the club are supposedly looking at currently. In particular, according to Alan Nixon, they’re actually leading the race for midfielder Jordan James.

The 19-year-old has been a staple in the Birmingham City side for a few years now after coming through their academy. His impressive performances for the Blues have earnt him 10 caps for the Welsh national team – an impressive feat for someone so young.

Obviously, Birmingham would like to keep hold of him in order to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking following their relegation, but with so many teams interested they may be forced to sell him.

While the Hammers are apparently ahead of the pack, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Fiorentian and Atalanta are all said to be monitoring his situation.

He may not be ready for too much Premier League football just yet, he certainly has the potential to be a top quality player and he could prove himself to be a useful squad player over the next season if he does choose to move to East London.

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