West Ham look likely to hold off an attempt from Leeds to snare teenage left-back Matthew Bondswell, according to a report.
The 18-year-old is in England for talks with the Hammers and to undergo a medical ahead of a move from RB Leipzig. Bondswell, who started his career in Nottingham Forest’s academy, moved to Germany in 2018.
While he has yet to debut for Leipzig, he has this season been sent on loan to second tier Dutch side FC Dordrecht.
However, after seven appearances, that loan is set to be terminated with Leipzig agreeing to his sale.
As per Football Insider, West Ham are confident of securing his signing this week. They report that David Moyes’ side are in the driving seat to land the teenager, despite a late play from Leeds United.
Leeds are reportedly keen to recruit a new left-back with Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski fulfilling the role this season. Neither though are specialist full-backs.
Bondswell has also been linked with Chelsea in the past, but his arrival at the London Stadium is seen as something of a coup. Bondswell, having been capped for England at U18s level, is tipped as a major star of the future.
With Bondswell ready to agree to join the Hammers, the player will undergo a medical this week before signing a deal.
Bielsa rules out January signings
With just six days left in the transfer window, Leeds have so far kept their powder dry.
Leeds have suffered with injuries in their defence this season. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, with Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi both edging towards returns.
As such, Marcelo Bielsa has suggested it’s unlikely Leeds will sign anyone before the month is out.
“No it’s not contemplated that we are going to bring anyone in,” Bielsa said. “I am happy with the squad that we have. I am comfortable with it and I feel we can finish this season with these players.”