West Ham are reportedly eyeing teenager Reece McAlear from Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Hammers and Premier League rivals Leicester City are both keen on the 17-year-old.
The report details that Motherwell are keen to keep the Scottish midfielder, but he could have his head turned by the chance to work with West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini or Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
He is currently under contract with Motherwell until 2020, but they would like to extend his deal beyond that.
McAlear is yet to make a first-team appearance for Motherwell, but is highly-rated in their academy and has clearly done enough to attract Premier League suitors.
He’s represented Scotland on the international stage up to Under-17s level and is a central midfielder tipped for a bright future.
McAlear is still an unknown talent that may be miles away from Premier League level right now, but bringing him into the academy at West Ham could be a good move in the long run.
It’s important that the Hammers continue to bring through players from youth level and Declan Rice is the shining example of that over the last year.
Pellegrini needs to try oversee a decent summer transfer window, where just a couple of marquee additions could get his team competing for the European spots next season.