West Ham will go ahead with plans to sign highly-rated Swedish prospect Alexander Alp, according to the Sun via Football Insider.
The report claims the Hammers are looking to conclude a swift deal for the 16-year-old striker, who currently plays for Swedish side AIK Solna. Alp was taken on trial by West Ham, who are apparently eager to improve their attacking ranks for the long-term future.
16-year-old Alexander Alp impressed coaching staff whilst on trial at West Ham who are now "eyeing a quick deal" for the striker [The Sun] pic.twitter.com/mCzICwfsPZ— Ironwork Tours (@IronworkTours) April 18, 2017
The club currently have the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew available in forward positions, while Ashley Fletcher was signed from Manchester United last summer as a potential first-team regular within a few years.
Alp is yet to make his senior debut for AIK Solna but he impressed the Hammers' coaching staff during his trial and the club are now eager to sign the youngster permanently. West Ham could do with a regular goalscorer, given that the departure of Dimitri Payet in January has resulted in a drop in creativity in their starting line-up.
Michail Antonio has shouldered the brunt of the goalscoring weight on his shoulders this season, scoring nine goals in 29 Premier League appearances but has been ruled out of West Ham's last five games due to injury.
The deal comes as good news for Hammers fans, who have seen their side drift slowly away from the relegation places in recent weeks. West Ham are now nine points clear of 18th-placed Swansea after the win over the Swans and a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.