Out-of-contract striker to leave West Ham

Date published: Thursday 12th May 2016 10:18

Elliott Lee: Left West Ham at the end of last season

West Ham striker Elliott Lee is to leave the club when his contract expires this summer, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

Lee’s deal expires next month and although there was an option to extend it all parties have mutually agreed to part ways so that the forward can kick-start his career by playing regular first-team football.

Lee, who is the son of former Newcastle and England midfielder Rob Lee, is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at Upton Park and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is known to rate Lee, but the 21-year-old is unlikely to break into West Ham’s side next season with the club actively looking for striking reinforcements.

Lee, who came through the ranks at West Ham, had spells out on loan at Colchester (twice), Southend, Luton and Blackpool during his time at Upton Park.

News of Lee’s availability on a free transfer has already alerted a number of Championship and League One clubs who are all ready to battle for the forward’s signature this summer.

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