By Adefunmiloye Alani

4th Jun, 2021 | 12:15pm

Report: Levi Laing to sign for West Ham United following Arsenal release

Arsenal have released West Ham trialist Levi Laing, with his contract officially ending with them on June 30 as published on their official website.

Freelance journalist Jeorge Bird, who regularly writes for the Daily Mail, has reported on Twitter that the young defender is now set to sign for the Hammers, with the deal done some time ago.

Laing joined the Gunners academy from Brentford in 2016 but has clearly not done enough to be handed a new deal by the North Londoners.

The 18-year-old has impressed with West Ham, though, after linking up with them on trial in January.

One for the future

Laing’s versatility has caught the Hammers eyes, but he has primarily featured for the under-18s and under-23s on trial at centre-back [whufc.com].

He is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder and right-back, and will be hoping to break into manager David Moyes’ first-team sooner rather than later.

Laing signed scholarship terms with Arsenal in 2019, but is set to join West Ham for free after they chose not to renew his deal.

He has since made more than ten appearances for the Hammers, putting in an impressive shift in the Youth Cup fourth-round 5-0 win over Norwich City.

The likes of Declan Rice and Ben Johnson broke into the first-team as teenagers, and Laing will be hoping to follow suit.

Rice was released as a schoolboy by Chelsea but has since established himself as a key player for both West Ham and England.

The released Arsenal kid has someone to look up to for inspiration in the first-team, and it will be interesting to see how he fares going forward.

In other West Ham news, exWHUemployee has shared details of Hammers transfer plan.

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