West Ham have already completed their first piece of transfer business ahead of next season, signing Thierry Nevers on a three-year deal from Reading.
Nevers will officially link up with the Hammers on Wednesday, June 9, when the transfer window reopens and has signed for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old has been with Reading for nine years progressing through their academy. The teenager is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club but the forward scored nine goals in 25 matches for the Reading U23 team in Premier League 2.
Nevers will begin his Hammers career with the U23 side but is aiming to progress into the first team as soon as possible.
The teenager was thrilled to put pen to paper on his West Ham deal: “I’m very excited to join West Ham United,” he told the club website.
“This move is probably the biggest step in my career so far. I feel very excited to see what the future holds – there’s a lot of opportunity here.”
Nevers will of course be joining up with a team heading into Europe and the current lack of squad depth could see the teenager involved in the first team squad sooner rather than later if he impressing in pre-season.
West Ham ended the campaign on a high with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton securing Europa League football for next season.
“It’s exciting to make that jump to a big Premier League club with a good historical foundation,” he said.
“The first team are doing well, and the academy have got a good reputation with the players they’ve brought through.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully hitting the ground running when I come back for pre-season, and then it all starts from there, from my very first day.”
Source by Football London