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'Great', 'upgrade for us on the left': Some West Ham fans react after hearing who's reportedly joining

West Ham have reportedly reached agreement with Chelsea over the signing of Pierre Ekwah.

The 19-year-old, who can operate at centre-back or as a holding midfielder, was on trial with the Hammers towards the end of last season.

The likes of Sky Sports and the Evening Standard claimed on Monday that the two clubs have struck a deal.

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Ekwah played two matches for West Ham’s under-23 team and, according to the Evening Standard, he impressed their coaches.

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Who is Pierre Ekwah?

Ekwah is a left-sided central defender who came through the ranks at French club Nantes.

He joined Chelsea in 2018 for a reported £1.8million.

Ekwah’s page on the Blues website reads: “A French Under-16 international who can play in either a back three or back four.

“He is a quick and athletic individual who also enjoys coming out of defence with the ball and has a good range of pass. 

“(Ekwah) signed his first professional contract in January 2019.

“He enjoyed a solid first season in English football, featuring frequently for the youth team and scoring dramatically late on at home to Southampton to rescue a point in January.

“The Paris-born defender also made his debut in the UEFA Youth League and Premier League 2 during the campaign.

“The Frenchman made seven outings for Ed Brand’s Under-18s during the 2019/20 season, scoring two goals, both came in the league game against Norwich at Cobham.

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“By the mid-point of the 2020/21 season Ekwah-Elimby had made four outings for Andy Myers’ development squad, including performances in the wins over Derby, Leicester and Manchester United.”

He scored one goal in seven Premier League 2 games last season.

“Good bit of business”

Some West Ham fans are delighted with Ekwah’s reportedly imminent arrival.

Here’s what some have said on Twitter:

“More intense and physical”

Ekwah previously spoke about the biggest difference between being at Chelsea’s academy from his time at Nantes last year.

He told the Blues’ website: “The big difference is the way the football is played – the English style of football is different to the French type.

“In England it’s more intense and physical compared to France – the training at academy level became more intense when I moved here.

“The weather, ah the weather! It’s alright, I’m fine with it, but not at winter time – that’s the worst time to be in England.”

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