Championship ace with £18m price tag set for West Ham talks but specter of Tottenham looms

West Ham are reportedly close to opening talks with Hull City over the summer signing of Keane Lewis-Potter, but Tottenham still have an interest in the striker.

The 21-year-old has turned heads with his performances for the Tigers over the past two seasons. After making 21 league appearances in the 2019-20 campaign, the winger made 33 Ligue 1 starts in 43 outings the following season. And, with Hull back in second place, the England Under-21 star has played every minute of his side’s 44 league games this season.

He scored 11 goals to add to the 13 he scored in 2020-21, and netted twice as the Yorkshire side beat Reading 3-0 on Saturday. It’s been a tough campaign for the MKM Stadium side.

They changed managers in January when Shota Arveladze replaced Grant McCann at the helm. The results have improved but they sit in 18th place in the table with 50 points to their name.

They flirted with the relegation zone but are now 16 points clear of the bottom three and safe from the drop. Lewis-Potter was a shining light for the team and other clubs followed his development.

In October, it appeared the Hammers were keen, while Brentford were also mentioned as a possible suitor. And then Spurs entered the scene, with reports in January that they were hoping for a winter deal.

That didn’t materialize, with a £12million prize hanging around the youngster’s neck. Athleticism now suggest that David Moyes is a huge fan and keen to get a deal done as soon as possible.

And it is claimed the East End outfit would have to shell out £18million if they are to secure a deal over the line.

Lewis-Potter with options to ponder

Lewis-Potter has provided four assists this season in addition to his 11 league goals. And England called last month.

He made his debut for the Three Lions Under-21 as an 82nd-minute substitute in a 3-0 triumph over Albania.

It looks like the former Bradford Park Avenue loanee has the footballing world at his feet. And he may well be following the same path as Jarrod Bowen.

West Ham paid Hull £18m for the striker in January 2020 and have already gotten their money’s worth. They may have to find a similar amount for Lewis-Potter and hope for the same return.

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