West Ham hope starlet Benicio Baker-Boaitey will pen professional deal

West Ham hope teen sensation Benicio Baker-Boaitey will pen professional contract but face battle to keep starlet with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United among competition

  • Benicio Baker-Boaitey is viewed as one of West Ham’s best emerging prospects 
  • But the 16-year-old has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s elite clubs 
  • Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may swoop for him 
  • West Ham hope that the starlet will sign a professional contract in January

West Ham are facing a battle to keep teen sensation Benicio Baker-Boaitey amid interest from European football’s elite.

The 16-year-old is viewed as one of the best emerging prospects in the Hammers academy and has already attracted admiring glances from Liverpool and Manchester United.

But Baker-Boaitey, who operates as a winger or a No 10, is emerging as a target for Bayern Munich, who have a close grip on the English academy scene.

West Ham are hopeful starlet Benicio Baker-Boaitey will pen professional terms with the club

Barcelona have already been linked with the youngster.

West Ham will offer the teenager a professional contract, which he is able to sign once he turns 17 in January. However, there is significant doubt over whether Baker-Boaitey will sign the contract as interest from elsewhere grows.

West Ham are keen for Baker-Boaitey to sign pro terms and could fast-track the youngster into the first-team plans over the coming months in an attempt to convince the teenager of his pathway into the first team.

But it remains to be seen if the Hammers can persuade Baker-Boaitey that his future remains at the London Stadium.

The club hope to convince him to remain in London but face competition from Europe’s elite

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West Ham stars continue to train by themselves in lockdown conditions

West Ham stars continue working towards fitness at Rush Green base as Sebastien Haller and Angelo Ogbonna train by themselves in lockdown conditions

  • West Ham allowed their players to resume training at Rush Green on Monday 
  • The stars were back again on Wednesday, adhering to strict lockdown rules 
  • Sebastien Haller, Angelo Ogbonna and Tomas Soucek all trained on their own  

West Ham stars continued training by themselves at the club’s Rush Green base as they prepare for the resumption of the Premier League season.

Sebastien Haller, Angelo Ogbonna and Tomas Soucek were among those designated one pitch each to practice their ball control and take on running drills. 

Players had been permitted by the club to resume training at the Hammers’ facilities in east London while adhering to strict lockdown rules within the grounds. 

Angelo Ogbonna was among the West Ham stars returning to training at their Rush Green base

The Italian international was seen putting himself through running drills at the training centre 

Each player trained in their own space, with Ogbonna spotted carrying out a sprint session.

Record £45million signing Haller could be seen dribbling a ball round cones as he worked on his footwork, while Soucek juggled a ball on his own in his area.

It is the third day West Ham have permitted players back, after originally doing so on Monday along with Arsenal and Brighton.

French striker Sebastien Haller was seen training with a ball, dribbling around cones 

Tottenham also allowed some stars back on site on Tuesday, when Harry Kane was one of the first to arrive back for an isolation session. 

Players and staff now have a timeframe to work towards in a bid to get somewhere near match fitness when the season resumes.

It was revealed on Tuesday that the Premier League have been briefing staff that the season will return on June 13.

Full pre-season training is pencilled to begin in mid-May, providing lockdown restrictions allow for it.  

As with all clubs returning to training, stars were given their own designated space to work in 

Midfielder Tomas Soucek juggles the ball as he keeps a safe distance away from other players

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West Ham ready to listen to offers for Brazil winger Felipe Anderson

West Ham ready to listen to offers for Brazil winger Felipe Anderson as Napoli line him up as potential replacement for Jose Callejon

  • West Ham have indicated they are open to selling Felipe Anderson this summer
  • The Brazil winger joined the Hammers for a then club record £42million in 2018
  • Napoli are considering a bid in case their Spanish winger Jose Callejon departs

Felipe Anderson may leave West Ham this summer as the club have indicated they may be willing to part with the Brazil winger.

Napoli are leading the race for his signature as they hunt potential replacements for Spanish winger Jose Callejon.

Anderson cost a then club record £42million when he joined from Lazio in 2018, but may now be set for a return to Serie A.

Felipe Anderson may be heading for the West Ham exit after two years in east London

The two-cap Brazil international impressed in his debut Premier League campaign with ten goals and five assists but has failed to recapture that form this season as the Hammers fight relegation under David Moyes.

 Having found the net just once in 24 games this season, David Moyes is happy to let Anderson leave in order to fund up to four or five signings to overhaul his squad.

The Hammers are also well stocked in attacking midfield, with  Andriy Yarmalenko, Michaeil Antonio, Roberto Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini and January signing Jarrod Bowen all competing for places. 

Napoli are thought to be monitoring the situation with winger Jose Callejon set to depart

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