By Pranav Shahaney

13th Sep, 2021 | 5:10pm

West Ham keen on signing Preston midfielder Lewis Leigh

West Ham are still keeping tabs on Preston midfielder Lewis Leigh, according to reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee.

Football London reported in July that the Hammers were among a host of Premier League clubs tracking the 17-year-old Englishman.

However, nothing materialised of it, and he ended up signing a professional deal at the club, keeping him there until 2024. [PNE official website]

On his recent podcast, Ex said: “The club are looking at getting some young players signed up.

“There are a few players from other clubs who we are keeping an eye on.

“One is Lewis Leigh, [he] plays for Preston. He’s someone we’ve scouted and are continuing to monitor.”

One for the future

Ex suggests that the club are planning to sign players for the future, which is a good sign as David Moyes appears to be building the first team pretty well and it’s important that the academy continues to develop.

In pre-season, Moyes gave a chance to a number of the youngsters to prove a point and would love to have few more bright prospects at the club.

Leigh may not be one of the most talked-about EFL players, but he’s certainly impressing the people who have been watching him regularly.

George Hodgson, who covers Preston for Lancashire Live, said of the 17-year-old, “Leigh is clearly a fearless midfield player who plays with his heart on his sleeve.”

We’ve seen how Conor Coventry has emerged from the ranks at the London Stadium and Leigh is someone who can look up to him and one day contest for a first-team berth.

There are other clubs in the race as well so if the Hammers want to sign him, they must act quickly.

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