Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for West Ham youngster Emmanuel Longelo, according to Ex-WHU employee on Twitter.
The youngster penned a new deal with the Hammers back in May and he has a contract at the London Stadium until 2023.
He made his first-team debut for the Londoners in September 2020, featuring for the last 21 minutes of a 5-1 win over Hull City.
The left-back has made one senior outing during 2021/22. He played the full 90 minutes as West Ham lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
Longelo has been a regular for the under-23 ranks this season. He’s made 13 appearances, playing as a left-back or occasionally as a left-winger.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Forest are trying to make a move this month, or whether they’ll wait until the summer.
Max Lowe is the first choice left-back at the club. He’s only on loan from Sheffield United, however, and it seems the club are making contingency plans.
At 21, Longelo will fancy a crack at regular first-team football and he stands more chance of doing that at Forest.
With just a year remaining on his deal in the summer, perhaps the Hammers would be willing to do business for Longelo before next week’s deadline.
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The talented left-sided player could go a long way in the professional game and it would seem as though Forest now fancy him.
If Sheffield United decide to keep Lowe, the Reds could find themselves in need of a left-back when the summer comes around.
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Longelo has bags of potential, would retain significant sell-on value and ultimately he suits Dane Murphy’s criteria for a signing down to the ground.
The jury might remain out for a little while, but there is a lot to like about Forest chasing a deal for Longelo.