West Ham United are interested in signing Dundee youngster James Cowan, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 18-year-old is in high demand in England with the Hammers, Derby County and Oxford United all considering bids.

Dundee, who sit bottom of the Scottish Premiership, are reportedly ready to let the youngster move south of the border so he can further his development.

West Ham missed a huge chance to reignite their season on Saturday after conceding two late Harry Kane goals in a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

That result has left the Irons languishing in 17th place in the table, with the pressure mounting on manager Slaven Bilic after many fans expected a repeat of the seventh place finish last term.

West Ham are a club famous for developing young talent, with Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and current captain Mark Noble all coming through the academy set up at the east London club.

That sort of youth success exemplifies the first-class training Cowan would receive should he leave Scotland for the Premier League club when the winter transfer window opens in January.


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