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Tuesday 12 November 2019

West Ham swoop to sign Irish teenage striker from Manchester United

Mipo Odubeko. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Mipo Odubeko. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

West Ham United have pulled off a coup by signing highly-rated Ireland youth cap Ademipo Odubeko from Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The 17-year-old forward, who was raised in Ireland and has been capped at underage level, was being chased by a number of clubs after his deal at Old Trafford ran out and now the Hammers have swooped.

"It's a really exciting day. I've been waiting for this move for a while, so I'm looking forward to getting started," Odubeko said.

"West Ham is a club with a lot of history behind it. It promotes its young players, so it's a great opportunity for me to develop my game and help the team.

"I'm looking forward to moving to London – it'll be a little different to Manchester, so it's an exciting challenge."

Odubeko, nicknamed Mipo, was first capped by Ireland at U15 level in 2016 and his most recent appearance in the green shirt was with the U17 side last March.

He added: "I'm a goalscorer, I'm quick, and I work hard for my team. I always set high expectations for myself, so I'm looking to score a lot of goals for West Ham this season. I've been out for a while now, so now I'm just excited to get going – and get scoring."

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