West Ham agree to sign Chelsea midfield prodigy Pierre Ekwah and will announce the 19-year-old’s arrival on Wednesday, after the former French youth international scored as a trialist against Arsenal Under-23s
- Pierre Ekwah joined Chelsea in 2018 – his current contract expired on July 1.
- West Ham have signed the 19-year-old who scored for the Irons in a trial match
- Ekwah converted Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross into a net against Arsenal Under-23s
- The midfielder played seven Premier League 2 games for the Blues last season
Chelsea teenager Pierre Ekwah has reportedly agreed with London rivals West Ham.
The defensive midfielder, who joined the Blues for £1.8m from Nantes in 2018, will see his contract at Stamford Bridge expire on July 1 and will be announced as an Irons player when the transfer window officially opens on Wednesday after impressing on trial, according to Sky Sports via The sun.
Ekwah was promoted to the Under-23s last summer, scoring one goal in seven Premier League 2 games in the 2020/21 season, as Chelsea finished second in the Division One table and failed to defend their title when Manchester City the league won by 14 points.
Pierre Ekwah will reportedly be revealed by West Ham when the transfer window opens
Ekwah scored once in seven Premier League 2 games last season and Chelsea finished second
The 19-year-old also scored for the Hammers as a trialist against Arsenal Under-23s last month, coming in 87 minutes to make it 2-1 at the end of a cross from Andriy Yarmolenko from the first team. The match ended in 2-2.
Ekwah was asked last year about the main differences between his experiences at Chelsea and Nantes.
“The big difference is the way the football is played – the English style of football is different from the French.
‘In England it is more intense and physical than in France – the Academy level training became more intense when I moved here.
‘The weather, oh the weather! It’s fine, I’m fine with it, but not in winter – that’s the worst time to be in England.
Speaking about his versatility, Ekwah said: “I played left when I was younger, but I grew up and didn’t fit in, so they turned me into left back.
The French youth international can be used as a defensive midfielder as well as a central defender
“I did well when I played in that position, but after I moved to Nantes I played central defender for them, the national team and Chelsea.
“But I’ve always wanted to play as a midfielder, like I do now. I’m happy to play in midfield now that I can express myself there on the pitch.’
Ekwah has 13 caps for France under 16.