West Ham will face competition from Brentford for 20-year-old starlet Keane Lewis-Potter, according to reports.
The Hull City winger has become a vital part of Grant McCann’s team in recent seasons. He netted 13 goals in League One last term as the Tigers finished top of the table.
Despite playing at a higher level this time around, Lewis-Potter has already achieved four goal contributions since July.
He got off the mark in a 4-1 victory against Preston North End and also scored in the 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
The attacker’s fine form means it is no surprise that Premier League clubs are taking an interest.
TEAMtalk reported on October 1 that West Ham were plotting a raid for Lewis-Potter. David Moyes has been impressed by Jarrod Bowen, who left Hull for West Ham in January 2020, and wants to complete a similar deal.
The Athletic now claim that Brentford have a long-standing interest in Lewis-Potter. They submitted an £8million bid during the summer which was swiftly knocked back.
He is one of Hull’s most prized assets and as such will not be allowed to leave for less than £12m. His contract expires in June 2023 which means the Championship outfit are in no rush to sell.
Brentford remain undeterred and are expected to make another bid in 2022. It’s claimed Southampton are the third Premier League side to hold an interest.
Lewis-Potter came through Hull’s academy before being called up to the senior squad in 2019. His debut came in an FA Cup third round defeat to Millwall that June.
Brentford hero set for new deal
The Bees are preparing to open contract talks with manager Thomas Frank, TEAMtalk understands.
Frank has done a great job since arriving at the club in October 2018. He steered them to the play-off final in 2019-20 before going one better the following campaign.
Brentford have also had a great start to Premier League life. They have beaten the likes of Arsenal and West Ham, as well as holding Liverpool to a draw.
As such, club officials want to reward the Dane with a bumper new deal. Such a move would also prevent further links with the Arsenal job.
Frank is thought to be happy in west London and an agreement could be reached by the turn of the year.