Report: West Ham may sell in-form starlet this summer
Winger Nathan Holland has long been regarded as one of the brightest prospects to have emerged from the West Ham United academy in recent years.
The 21-year-old has been in and around the first team set-up for a little while now, and was sent out on loan to League One Oxford United in January to get more senior experience.
He’s got three goals in 11 games for Karl Robinson’s side, and has looked increasingly comfortable in the men’s game.
Many Hammers supporters have been looking forward excitedly to when the youngster returns to the London Stadium in the summer.
However, it seems that that is no longer going to be the case, in another blow to the club’s beleaguered fanbase.
Football Insider reported on Friday that the east London outfit are willing to sell Holland if an offer of £2million comes in for him.
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Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have sent scouts to watch the winger recently and are thought to be seriously interested in him.
The players turns 22 years of age in June, and it seems that the club feel he has run out of time to make the required step-up to first team level.
What is this all about?
This a very weird one from the club’s decision-makers. Holland is a fantastic prospect who always seemed to be rated very highly at the London Stadium.
However, it seems that they’ve soured on the winger in east London. Clearly they feel he’s not good enough to make the grade in the Premier League.
You do wonder, though, whether it wouldn’t be better for all involved to keep him for another year, at least, and then loan him out to a Championship team like Wednesday next season.
If he did well then his value would go up beyond £2million. If he doesn’t, then you simply cut and run.
In other West Ham news, Tony Cascarino has had his say on the problems at the club these days.