West Ham have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for Lewis Orford, it has been reported by ExWHUEmployee.

The England U18’s captain is in the final year of his current contract with the club, and it appears the delay in getting a new deal in place has prompted others to monitor his situation.

The club have now been approached by Premier League rivals Villa who’s initial attempted to lure Orford to the midlands has been rebuffed by West Ham, although  it remains to be seen if they will come back in with an improved offer.

Ex has reported that although Orford is from a West Ham family and has been a supporter himself since a young boy, he is understandably looking at options with a lack of movement as yet from the club surrounding his long term future.

“Lewis Orford has significant interest from Aston Villa although there are other clubs too monitoring the situation,” stated our club insider.

“It’s a frustrating situation as the club has delayed again getting a new deal resolved which in turn has allowed others to chase the midfielder and in turn create doubt over his future in east London.”

It’s now down to West Ham to get a offer on the table for Orford should we wish to keep him at the club beyond his current deal, which many will be hoping is the case following his outstanding displays for the Academy in recent seasons.

Orfords quality is also matched with his leadership, as the 18 year old has since been made captain of the England U18’s side.

Ex will keep fans up to date on the situation as it develops further on The West Ham Way Patreon.