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Mipo Odubeko keen to leave West Ham for first team football

Toby Cudworth
Odubeko is ready for first team action, something West Ham can't offer him
Odubeko is ready for first team action, something West Ham can't offer him / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Exclusive - West Ham striker Mipo Odubeko could leave the club before the end of the transfer window in search of first team football.

The 18-year-old joined the Hammers on a three-year deal in October 2019, shortly after turning down a contract extension with Manchester United.

Signed with the intention of developing into a West Ham regular in the years to come, Odubeko has excelled at Under-18 and Premier League 2 level - bagging 10 goals in just nine appearances at the latter level last season.

He's started 2021/22 in fine form too, scoring twice in his first two Premier League 2 level outings.

But 90min can reveal that Odubeko is not content with his role at West Ham and is keen to push on and play regular first team football as soon as possible.

Ideally, the Hammers would like to extend Odubeko's contract at the London Stadium - which expires next summer - before agreeing to a loan move away, but 90min has learned that he would rather leave on a permanent basis.

Odubeko will not be short of options should his expected departure come to fruition, with four clubs in Italy - two in Serie A and two in Serie B - already considering making an offer. Championship outfit Huddersfield Town are also keen.

A permanent exit from West Ham may come as a surprise to many, given Odubeko was expected to break through into the first team setup within 12 months of his arrival.

However, despite his obvious goalscoring pedigree - and the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January 2021, leaving Michail Antonio as West Ham's only recognised striker - the teenager has been unable to force his way into David Moyes' plans; the Scot has instead deployed Jarrod Bowen or Andriy Yarmolenko as makeshift strikers when necessary.

Known for his electrifying pace and clinical finishing, Odubeko had been on the radar of many top European clubs prior to joining West Ham in late 2019.

Indeed, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and ​Bayern Munich were among his many suitors, and there was also interest from Feyenoord, Genoa, Burnley and ​​Newcastle - stemming from a final season in Manchester United's academy that yielded 35 goals.