West Ham United take Portsmouth midfielder Charlie Bell on trial
According to The Sun, West Ham United have pursued Portsmouth midfielder Charlie Bell in an attempt to beat a series of Premier League clubs upon signing.
The 18-year-old was named man of the match on his debut for the Ligue 2 side in the Checkatrade Trophy this quarter, and his huge potential has attracted contenders.
The Hammers want to strengthen their youth ranks in the future with the addition of Bell, but they face competition from Brighton and other top teams.
Seagulls Academy Director David Wright is a big fan of the youngster who previously worked with him while he was in Portsmouth.
Bell will spend a week training with West Ham as he considers his options in the coming weeks.
Portsmouth’s financial restrictions after the pandemic mean he’s available on a free transfer in what would be a huge boost for the Hammers.
The Fratton Park outfit is skeptical about the possibility of ceding contracts to current senior players due to the financial situation, and Bell has been allowed to continue his career elsewhere.
The teenager’s debut came against the West Ham Under-21 team, and it looks like his MOTM performance clearly caught the Hammers’ attention.
He will now be looking to impress them during his trial, and manager David Moyes might be eager to watch him in action firsthand.
The London stadium side are looking to play in Europe next season, and they are in line for a top-six spot.
Bell will be looking forward to joining such a team, and he must now prove his credentials in the coming days.
In other news, West Ham are reportedly looking to move Atletico Madrid to signing the La Liga sensation.