One in, one out for the Academy

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Ajibola Alese has become the latest youngster to sign professional terms with West Ham United.

The 17-year-old, who has been with the club since the age of seven signed a three year contract earlier today before announcing that "becoming a professional here is a great honour".

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"It's a very proud day for myself and my family," the central defender told whufc.com. "This caps off a great year for me, having broken into the Under 23 team last season and progressed with England. Now I just want to keep working hard and learning more.

"I would like to thank all the Academy and coaching staff at the club for the help they have given me, and also thank my family for the encouragement they have given me, particularly when I have had injuries.

"I'm now really excited and looking forward to next season. Hopefully I can establish myself in the Under 23 team and push on from there."

Meanwhile 18-year-old Ben Wells - who had also been with West Ham since the age of just seven - has joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a permanent basis, signing a one-year contract.

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"I'm delighted to have signed for QPR," Wells said via his twitter channel. "I'm really looking forward to working with the coaches and the boys and can't wait to get started.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone at West Ham. I made some great memories and really enjoyed my 12 years there."

* In other news, West Ham have finally clinched the signing of 18-year-old goalkeeper Joseph Anang. The teenage Ghanaian joined the club last summer but has been forced to wait for international clearance before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

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