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's pre-season tour of Australia CANCELLED due to coronavirus

West Ham cancel pre-season tour to Australia – where they were due to meet rivals Crystal palace and Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar – due to coronavirus

  • West Ham planned to compete in a pre-season tournament in Australia in July
  • The Premier League club’s tour has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis
  • Crystal Palace and Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar were also lined-up to take part
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West Ham have announced that their planned pre-season tournament in Australia, which was also due to feature Crystal Palace, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

West Ham were due to take part in the EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup in July. 

London rivals Palace and A-League outfit Brisbane Roar, managed by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, were also lined up to take part in the inaugural tournament. The warm-up event has now been scrapped though West Ham plan to work with the organisers to see if a new date can be rearranged. 

West Ham’s pre-season tournament in Australia has been cancelled due to coronavirus crisis

Premier League rivals Crystal Palace were also due to take part in the tournament in July

West Ham manager David Moyes, who will contact all of the club’s Australia-based fan groups following the decision, said: ‘It is a real shame that we will no longer be able to make it over to Queensland this summer, however, it is the right decision to postpone given the circumstances. 

‘The players and I were really looking forward to seeing our fans and the people of Australia, especially as there was great excitement and support for the tournament. 

‘This is a situation that has affected the entire world, though, and the only thing that matters at this time is that people stay safe and well. 

‘We hope the tournament can be rearranged at a later date once things are back to normal, and we look forward to visiting Australia in the future.’ 

Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar were lined-up to take part in the inaugural tournament

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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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West Ham's Cresswell: Don't bring Premier League back until it's safe

‘I hope the players are respected as much as the public’: West Ham star Aaron Cresswell calls on authorities not to prioritise entertainment over health by bringing the Premier League back too soon amid coronavirus crisis

  • The Premier League is currently suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis 
  • A meeting will be held on Friday to discuss when the season could restart 
  • Aaron Cresswell wants them to not bring season back unless it is safe to do so 

Aaron Cresswell has urged authorities to respect players as well as fans by not prioritising entertainment over their health and safety and resuming football too soon.

Football is currently suspended until April 30 due to the coronavirus crisis and the Premier League will chair another meeting via video conference with its 20 clubs on Friday to discuss their next moves including when the season can restart.

The Premier League are currently determined to complete the season, especially with there being huge financial implications related to their huge TV deal if it is not.

West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell has called on the authorities not to bring football back too soon

The idea of finishing the season by playing games behind closed doors has been widely discussed.

Though along with the EFL, PFA and LMA, the Premier League released a joint statement on Wednesday insisting ‘everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.’

With a baby daughter who is just five weeks old, West Ham and England left-back Cresswell admits he is ‘petrified’ following the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Cresswell told West Ham’s website: ‘There is talk of playing games behind closed doors before the crowds return but I hope the players are respected as much as the public are, and they don’t just ask us to play for entertainment on TV.

The defender hopes players are treated with as much respect as the fans amid the crisis

‘You’re going to need all the officials, staff, medical provision, media and broadcasters, so it’s not just 22 players going out and playing football.

‘If we go back too soon and one player tests positive, then the whole competition would need to be suspended, otherwise it wouldn’t be a level playing field if some teams are without their best players.

‘It’s a waiting game until the scientists and medical people who are working tirelessly day in and day out tell us it’s safe for us to go back out there.

‘The main focus should be on people’s health and staying indoors.

Cresswell featuring against Arsenal in the Premier League prior to the division’s suspension

‘Of course, we’re all missing it but there is a whole bigger picture than a game of football and I believe once all this has blown over, we can get back up and running.

‘None of us know how long we will be out for and we all want to stay in the Premier League, but we cannot rush back just because people say we need to do it in a certain time period to complete the season.

‘When we go back to full training, regardless of how much we’ve done, we will need a mini pre-season of two or three weeks but when we do go back, who knows?’

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