Former Nottingham Forest academy player Matthew Bondswell is set to embark on a Premier League adventure with West Ham United, according to Football Insider.

The full-back left the Reds in 2018, signing terms with Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

He has spent the first half of 2020/21 on loan with FC Dordrecht, making seven appearances for the Dutch second-tier outfit.

Now, he is set for a permanent transfer to West Ham where he is expected to link-up with the academy first.

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Bondswell is an England under-18 international and it’s thought the Hammers have fought off stiff competition from elsewhere.

Both Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon were thought to be courting his services ahead of a January move.

Bondswell was a member of the Forest under-18s prior to his move to Germany and was thought of highly by coaching staff.

The left-back has been a regular for the Leipzig under-17 and under-19 ranks but he failed to make a first-team outing.

Now, he will hope to impress David Moyes significantly in order to earn a shot with the Hammers.


Stuart Pearce is on the coaching staff at West Ham and as a left-back he will hope to learn from the legendary figure at some point.

Bondswell has showcased his ability to play further forward too and his versatility could make him an asset for the Hammers.

Should Forest have tried hard to keep Bondswell?

You have to sat that the jury is still out on whether he should have been kept around.

Moving to Leipzig was clearly a life-changing move for Bondswell but he’s failed to develop at a significant rate to earn a first-team shot.

Now he will aim to impress at West Ham and the answer to whether Forest were wrong to let him go is likely to be evident in the coming years.

Bondswell clearly had talent to earn move in the first place but standing in his way of a move to the Bundesliga wasn’t really an option.

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One thing that is certain is that the full-back areas are proving problematic for Chris Hughton.

He will likely go with what he has between now and the end of the season but it’s an area which needs addressing in the summer.

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