According to a report by The Mirror, Premier League West Ham are casting eyes down to the Sky Bet Championship and at Birmingham City’s breakthrough forward Che Adams.

The report says that Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, wanting to give fans of the Premier League club “more to celebrate than spoiling the dreams of others,” is looking at bringing in established striker Jermain Defoe but also Birmingham youngster Adams.

20-year-old Adams is said to be being “checked by the Hammers” with Bilic’s modus operandi being that he needs to find players “who can make a difference.”

Leicester-born Adams, who can also operate as a left and right-wing had a breakthrough season with the Blues since his near £2 million move from Sheffield United at the start of August last year.

The powerful-running forward made 40 appearances for Birmingham City in last season’s Sky bet Championship campaign, a campaign where he netted seven times and provided six assists.

When at previous club Sheffield United, Adams also showed that he knows where the net is, scoring 15 in 55 games for the Blades, form that brought about his move up a division to Birmingham City.

West Ham and Bilic obviously see something in Adams, something that has piqued their interest in the 20-year-old starlet. The Hammers have a proven track record of spotting talented youngsters and blooding them in the Premier League to good effect.

Evidence of this can be seen in the deals, and subsequent progress, that have seen Michail Antonio and Sam Byram swap Nottingham Forest and Leeds United respectively for a shot at Premier League glory with West Ham United.

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