Birmingham City are set to lose another talented youngster from their ranks as Rico Browne joins West Ham United on trial, according to Birmingham Live.
The highly-rated central defender has joined the Hammers on trial having caught the eye playing with the Birmingham academy ranks.
Browne hasn’t made a first-team appearance but it would still represent a blow to the Blues at this stage.
West Ham are flying at first-team level and they also have some quality youngsters coming through in East London.
The Manchester-born defender will feature in several youth team games during his time on trial with the Hammers.
Coaches will run the rule over him and then decide whether or not to offer him a deal to join the club.
Browne’s latest trial comes just a month after Tottenham took the talented defender on a similar deal.
Spurs weren’t keen to offer him a deal following his audition and he has since returned to Birmingham.
Browne is one year into a two-year scholarship with the Blues and his departure would represent another blow to the club.
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The future of the academy at St Andrew’s is unclear with the club potentially switching to a ‘B’ team model instead.
That has prompted supporter unrest but it could benefit West Ham with regards to Browne.
The defender can clearly play and made three FA Youth Cup appearances whilst he was still a schoolboy.
West Ham have plenty of young talents themself and he could complement their quota nicely if he can earn a deal.