West Ham United are interested in Jobe Bellingham, younger brother of Jude
West Ham are interested in Jude Bellingham’s younger brother Jobe, who is being chased by numerous clubs around Europe, TEAMtalk reports.
The Birmingham City teenager is yet to sign professional terms but looks set to emulate his England star elder sibling by making a high-profile move at a young age.
Jude became the most expensive 17-year-old in history when he moved from St Andrews to Borussia Dortmund two seasons ago for a reported £25million (Sky Sports).
The pair’s parents are insisting that any move for 16-year-old Jobe will have no bearing on his famous brother’s future.
According to TEAMtalk the Hammers are one of over 30 clubs to watch the youngster for Birmingham this season where he has made three senior appearances.
Most of the Premier League, including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Leicester, Newcastle, Wolves and newly-promoted Fulham are all interested.
While European heavyweights have been in contact, ranging from Jude’s side Dortmund, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in Germany, to Porto, French pair Lyon and Monaco, and Serie A giants Juventus, Inter and Roma.
For a player who is yet to turn 17 and sign his first professional contract that is some list of chasers.
It surely has plenty to do with the player that the senior Bellingham brother has become in the short time since he made a big move at a similar age.
Clubs are hoping that Jobe can follow in Jude’s footsteps, but even if he is a step down in quality he is likely to still be a very good player.
The step up for Jude was the sensibly-chosen Bundesliga side who have a reputation for developing young talent, so it is sure to be a more considered choice for Jobe than simply the biggest name.
The Irons certainly have space for a new midfielder, with little behind Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, but whether they would be ready to throw such a inexperienced player into the Premier League battle is a question.
The English top flight might not even be seen as the best environment to advance at this stage, and judging by the international star that his brother has become in Germany it is hard to argue.
It would certainly be a statement of intent to land such a coveted name at this stage, but it is surely only an outside chance that the younger Bellingham becomes a Hammer any time soon.
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