West Ham United and Chelsea are monitoring the situation of RB Leipzig youngster Matthew Bondswell, according to The Telegraph.
The 18-year-old joined FC Dordrecht in the Dutch second tier in August and was expected to stay there for the 2020/21 season.
Bondswell is being monitored by the Premier League duo though, with an eye on taking him back to England during January.
The youngster moved to Germany from Nottingham Forest in 2018, joining up with the Leipzig academy.
It is thought that West Ham and Chelsea are set to face competition from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for the player’s signature.
Bondswell spent eight years at Forest but departed to try and forge a career abroad with the Bundesliga outfit.
Still a teenager there is plenty of time for the left-back to continue developing and West Ham feel he is a potential top-flight player.
Bondswell has played seven games this season in Holland’s equivalent of the Championship but had missed the last five games through injury.
The defender is perhaps some way off first-team football in the Premier League.
Both West Ham and Chelsea would likely have one eye on the future if they did manage to land the Leipzig gem.
TBR View – If given the choice West Ham looks favourable for Bondswell
Heading to Chelsea might be an attractive proposition but Bondswell needs to think about his career and what is best for him.
With that in mind, the youngster would surely be better off choosing West Ham.
David Moyes has highlighted that the pathway to the first-team is clear for the club’s younger players if they are good enough.
Bondswell could actually become third choice left-back pretty quickly – with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku ahead of him.
Of course, the starlet might choose to continue his development in Germany but if it comes to a choice between the London duo, West Ham should be his pick.