West Ham have snapped up teenage forward Thierry Nevers from Reading on a three-year contract.
The 19-year-old will complete the move, for an undisclosed fee, on June 9 when the summer transfer window opens.
Nevers had not made a first-team appearance for Reading but scored nine goals in 25 games for their under-23 side.
He will initially link up with West Ham’s under-23s at their Chadwell Heath base.
Nevers told the club’s website: “I’m very excited to join West Ham United.
“This move is probably the biggest step in my career so far. I feel very excited to see what the future holds – there’s a lot of opportunity here.
“It’s exciting to make that jump to a big Premier League club with a good historical foundation. The first team are doing well, and the Academy have got a good reputation with the players they’ve brought through.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully hitting the ground running when I come back for pre-season, and then it all starts from there, from my very first day.”
West Ham look at free agent
Meanwhile, reports in the Israeli media claim West Ham United are monitoring Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Dor Peretz with a view to signing him on a free contract this summer.
The 26-year-old is still involved with the Israeli Premier League side who have three games left of their campaign. He will then fall out of contract and looks set to leave Bloomfield Stadium. The Israel international has been with the club his entire professional career save for a 2017 loan stint with Hapoel Haifa.
Having come up through the club’s youth ranks, he made his senior debut in August 2014. And he has now made 150 league appearances for The yellow ones.
But it seems as though a switch of clubs is now on the cards, with CSKA Moscow also said to be keen. The Russian outfit are said to have offered him a deal worth €1million a year to join this summer.
However, other clubs look set to enter the race and the Hammers have a history of signing Israeli players. Yossi Benayoun, Eyal Berkovic, Yaniv Katan and Tal Ben Haim have all featured for the East End club.
And Peretz might soon follow a similar path to his compatriots. Sport1 in Israel are reporting that the Premier League side are keeping their powder dry until Maccabi’s season is over.
And the player has scheduled a meeting with his club about his future.