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Hammers snap up Ajax teenager

Filed: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have completed the signing of teenage winger Anouar El Mhassani from Ajax.

The 16-year-old Dutch youngster has made the switch to West Ham having been at the world-famous Ajax Academy since the age of eight.

A young El Mhassani upon joining Ajax in 2009

"I feel really pleased to be here," El Mhassani told whufc.com. "Itís a big step for me in my life as well as my football career, but I feel as though I am ready.

"After eight years at Ajax, I feel like I have seen it all and this is a new challenge, so itís good for me. West Ham is a good Academy, so it was a good step for me to come here and develop myself.

"Ajax helped me to develop into the man that I am right now, but at the end of the day I have to do these things myself and I canít wait to get started."

El Mhassani signs on [pic:whufc.com]

West Ham's Academy Director, Terry Westley, added: "Heís an exciting prospect; thatís why we brought him in. We think heís got a lot more to come, in terms of his development.

ďHeís a talented, technical player, and heís now got to develop the physical, tactical sides of the game over the next three years. In terms of ability with the ball, heíll be right up there."

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