In the Slaven Bilic era, West Ham have now refrained from signing talented young players for the developmental squad but they have this week turned down the chance to sign one.

As reported by Football London, West Ham have decided not to push ahead with a deal to sign 16-year-old AIK Solna striker Alexander Alp following a week’s trial with the club.

Alp had joined the club last week on a trial with the development squad but it appears the coaching staff have made a collective decision to send the Swedish youngster back to his parent club.

“The player had a brief trial with the academy, but just wasn’t up to the standard required to consider anything more than that,” a club source told Football London.

Alp could have been the second teenage striker to leave AIK in recent months for a bigger European side after 17-year-old forward Alexander Isak, dubbed the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ joined Borussia Dortmund during the January transfer window.

Since Bilic took charge of the Hammers, he’s brought in a number of young attackers, including the likes of Martin Samuelsen, Toni Martinez, Luka Belic and Domingos Quina and the club believes they can all become contributors in the near future.

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