West Ham have made a habit of pilfering top talent from academies in recent seasons, with the likes of Martin Samuelsen from Manchester City, Domingos Quina from Chelsea and Nathan Holland from Everton among some of the most notable additions.

The Daily Mail have reported that the Hammers have taken highly-rated 19-year-old attacker Ezra Walian on trial this summer with a view to signing him on a free transfer.

Walian scored 11 goals in 22 games for Jong Ajax last season but left the club when his contract expired in June and has been searching for a new club since.

Eager to move to the Premier League, the Netherlands U19 international has also had invitations from Hull and Bolton to have a trial with both Championship clubs but the Hammers are taking the first look at the versatile forward.

West Ham featured two trialists in a game against Billericay Town yesterday, and common sense would suggest that Walian was one of the two trialists that featured.

With Toni Martinez expected to receive a first-team push this season, the U23 side could do with another developmental attacking talent and Walian could prove to be an astute signing.

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