Former Nottingham Forest academy graduate Matthew Bondswell is wanted by Premier League duo Chelsea and West Ham, as per the Telegraph.

The 18-year-old left the Reds in 2018 to sign for Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig where he has been a regular in the youth ranks.

Bondswell is currently on loan with Dutch second-tier outfit FC Dordrecht where he has played seven times this season.

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Now West Ham and Chelsea are preparing a swoop for the player in January, with the London rivals viewing him as a start of the future.

Bondswell had barely scratched the surface with the club’s under-18 ranks when he was spotted by Leipzig.

The left-back is also wanted by Sporting Lisbon who have been tracking the player for quite some time too.

Bondswell is now regarded as a future star and both Chelsea and West Ham see him as a player who could become a potential Premier League player.

It’ll probably take a small fee to land the player and it remains to be seen whether or not any concrete offers will be forthcoming.

Did Forest miss a trick with Bondswell?

The Reds were perhaps powerless when it came to letting Bondswell leave for such a big force in European football.

The youngster had barely made the grade with the under-18 ranks when he earned the move and what a move it was.

Getting the chance to sign for a club like Leipzig does not arise every day and he’ll perhaps hope to still make the grade there one day.

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It’ll be interesting to see if Chelsea or West Ham would be capable of turning his head though, with a move back to England likely to prove attractive.

Bondswell won’t be the first player to leave Forest and make an impact elsewhere and he certainly won’t be the last.

Supporters will, however, watch his next step with intrigue.

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