By George Overhill

2nd Jun, 2022 | 5:15pm

Leeds United recruitment drive to include West Ham United teenager Sonny Perkins

West Ham look like they are about to lose teenager attacker Sonny Perkins as Leeds United line up a move, according to The Athletic.

The 18-year-old forward had broken into the first team for the first time during the 2021-22 season, making three first-team appearances.

He played twice in the Europa League group stage and featured as a late substitute against the Whites in the Premier League.

The England under-18 international was named Premier League 2 player of the month for April after scoring three times, from a total of 10 for the season.

But he looks like his development at the London Stadium is due to come to an end with the Elland Road side ready to swoop for him as part of a recruitment drive for the academy that is also set to include Birmingham City’s George Hall.

Disappointing news

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Fans will obviously be more concerned to hear that the club is adding to its ranks rather than shedding players, with a thin squad in need of fleshing out.

It should be a source of frustration that despite no senior back up for Michail Antonio in the central striking role, Perkins did not get more of a chance in the first team.

His performances in Premier League 2 look to have been strong, and earlier in the season he appeared on the brink of making more of a breakthrough under David Moyes.

But after the three-minute cameo in his top flight debut in January he didn’t see first team action again, despite being named on the bench a few times.

Whether that means he isn’t good enough for what Moyes is doing or the Scot has neglected to give him the opportunities he deserves will become clearer based on where he is in a year or two.

If his lack of first-team opportunities has helped push him towards the exit and he goes on to be a strong Premier League performer it will be a major let down.

In other West Ham news, Jose Mourinho is in the way of a potential £40million move for a summer target.

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