By Dean White

28th Jul, 2023 | 7:10pm

Stoke City defender Logan Laird heads to West Ham United, permanent transfer decision soon - ExWHUemployee

Stoke City defender Logan Laird has headed to West Ham for a trial, according to ExWHUemployee.

The reliable Hammers insider reported via Patreon on Friday (28 July) that a decision will soon be made on whether to offer the 18-year-old centre-back a permanent contract in East London.

It is understood that the Irons have also allowed Keenan Forson to join Stockport County on trial ahead of a potential loan while Kamarai Swyer’s temporary move to Crawley should be completed soon.

Defensive sensation

Laird looks to be a promising young defender.

The Scottish teenager played is already 6ft 5in tall and has previously been on the books at Yeovil and Exeter.

In July 2021, Stoke signed Laird on a scholarship deal.

On their website, the Potters described the youngster as being a “left-footed centre-half who is excellent on the ball and good in the air”.

It remains to be seen why Stoke are willing to let Laird leave but as is the case with a lot of young players in football, it’s always hard to tell whether or not someone is going to make it.

Laird’s physicality and technical abilities show him as being the making of a perfect modern-day centre-back.

Being a ball-playing defender is always a bonus and as he’s young and British, it makes him an even more attractive prospect for clubs who are looking to beef up their academy.

West Ham seem to be wanting to do that so Laird is going to be one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months as we wait to see if this deal gets done.

In other West Ham news, a final decision has been made on Aaron Cresswell’s move to Wolves.