West Ham reportedly set to sign Turkish youngster

West Ham are reportedly set to sign Turkish midfielder Murat Saglam from German club Wolfsburg.

The Times believe a five-year deal has been agreed with the 18-year-old, who has not yet made his Wolfsburg debut.

Tottenham have also been linked with the player, prompting The Sun to declare that the Hammers have beaten Spurs to the signing of Saglam, who can also operate on the right of midfield or at right-back.

He has come to the attention of a number of European clubs in the last few months, largely because of some impressive performances for Turkey’s Under-19 side.

The signing is being reported as a sign the West Ham hierarchy are backing Slaven Bilic, who was apparently keen for the deal to be done.

There has been speculation about Bilic’s future as manager, particularly since last weekend’s 5-1 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Co-owner David Sullivan indicated earlier this week that Bilic still had the full support of the board, while many Irons fans have backed the Croatian.

Meanwhile, young Hammers goalkeeper Nathan Trott has signed his first professional contract at the London Stadium.

The Bermuda-born teenager has impressed since being signed last year and has been given a deal until 2020 after recently turning 17.

Skip to toolbar