West Ham United battling Chelsea and Leicester City for Woking striker Jayden Wareham

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Apr 28, 2021, 13:22

According to The Telegraph, West Ham United are scouting Woking striker Jayden Wareham, but they face stiff competition from some of their Premier League rivals for his signature.

The Hammers want to take the teenager from non-league football to the Premier League, but the trio of Southampton, Leicester City and Chelsea are also keen on him.

The Blues appear to be leading in the race for the 17-year-old, but they are yet to wrap up a deal.

West Ham are looking at signing youngsters from the lower divisions for their youth teams after Brexit rules introduced in January made it harder to sign young players from abroad.

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Wareham has caught their eyes and he has proven he can become a top-flight player in a couple of years from now.

The Hammers target was released by Queens Park Rangers two years ago but has been playing senior football at Woking.

He has scored twice in 14 games for the National League side this season and could be doing so in the Premier League sooner rather than later.

While Chelsea are the most attractive side out of his suitors, Wareham should know that he is not assured of a clear pathway into the first-team.

The Blues are famous for their notorious loaning system, and while it has yielded some senior team players, the majority of their youth team players struggle to make the grade.

West Ham have shown their willingness to promote youth since David Moyes arrived, with academy graduate Ben Johnson starting to establish himself in the first-team.

They will be keen to land Wareham ahead of others given his potential, and it will be interesting to see whether they can convince him to join them.

In other news, Hammers fear latest injury concern could hamper top-four chances.

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