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West Ham close in on first summer signing with Manchester City man set for medical

The Hammers are ready to make a splash in the transfer market

West Ham United are closing in on their first signing of the summer as they close in on a deal for Manchester City youth academy star Carlos Borges in a deal worth in excess of £10m.

Much of the focus in east London has been on the sale of Declan Rice so far this summer, but a winger is on their wishlist ahead of the new season.

However, they have been beaten to no.1 target Harvey Barnes, who is set to join Newcastle United from Leicester City in a deal worth £38m this week.

They have since turned their attention to Manchester City’s Borges, who has starred at youth level to date. The 19-year-old is yet to represent the senior side at the Etihad, but starred in the Premier League youth league last campaign.

In just 24 appearances, the 19-year-old managed 21 goals and 11 assists, helping his side run away with the title in the process.

Now, he is set to have a chance to sign on the senior stage, with reports claiming that the Hammers are closing in on a deal worth £14m to bring him to east London ahead of their return to the Europa League next season.

Borges will be looking to emulate fellow academy talent Romeo Lavia, who left the Etihad 12 months ago and was a regular feature in Southampton’s midfield.

Now wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, the teenager is expected to land a big money move to a top six club this summer, and Borges will be hoping that he can follow suit.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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