West Ham United are reportedly keen on a move for Reece McAlear, according to a report published by The Scottish Sun.
The 17-year-old, who is a product of the Motherwell youth development system, is highly-rated having turned out for the likes of the Scotland under 16 and 17 sides.
Making a move for the Motherwell youngster could be a great piece of business by West Ham.
Hammers fan favourite Declan Rice has firmly established himself as one of the club’s first-choice midfielders.
This shows that young players with the right attitude and ability can make a difference at West Ham, with the Scottish starlet potentially following in Rice’s footsteps.
McAlear could therefore be viewed as a long-term partner for Rice.
He has shown great potential and could be capable of shining in the English top-flight one day. At 17-years-old, it may be good for the club to insert McAlear into the developmental ranks if they do sign him.
If he makes a big impression, they can potentially send him on loan during the January transfer window to a club where he can potentially gain some first-team experience and learn.
Should all go well, he could possibly be included in the West Ham first-team plans by as early as next summer.
The Hammers may face competition from Leicester City however, with the report suggesting McAlear is in demand. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has also reportedly admired McAlear since he managed Celtic.