West Ham are confident of beating off late interest from Leeds United to complete the signing of 18-year-old defender Matther Bondswell from Leeds United.
That’s according to a report from Football Insider, who have been providing an update on the battle to win the race for the centre back’s signature.
West Ham are seemingly close to completing a deal for Bondswell, with reports on Monday claiming that the teenager is set for a medical ahead of a proposed move to the London Stadium.
However, it now seems as though the Hammers have had to fend off some late competitions from Elland Road to get this deal done.
According to this latest report, Leeds had made a late move in an attempt to win the battle to sign Bondswell, although West Ham remain confident that they will complete the signing of the young defender.
It is also thought that Chelsea and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon have taken an interest in Bondswell in the past.
Bondswell joined RB Leipzig from Nottingham Forest two years ago, and although he has yet to make a senior appearance for the Bundesliga outfit, the England Under-18 international has played seven times for Dordrecht during a loan spell in the Dutch second-tier this season, which will now be cut short to facilitate a permanent move back to England.
This may well be rather frustrating for Leeds.
The Whites do have a decent track record when it comes to brining through young player into their first-team.
As a result, given the potential Bondswell possesses and the interest there is in him, you do feel as though he could have been a suitable signing for Leeds in terms of being one for the future.
However, it now looks as though they are set to miss out on that, and given what they could have done here, that will be disappointing, although it is worth remembering they will have other options to look to target for a role such as this, both in what remains of the current market, and going forward in the window in the future.