West Ham United have reportedly completed the signing of Turkey youth international starlet Murat Saglam, according to The Times.
The Premier League side, who hover just one point above the English top-flight’s relegation zone following their 5-1 mauling to the hands of Arsenal at the weekend, are understood to have agreed a five-year contract for the attacking midfielder from Wolfsburg.
The 18-year-old, who has featured three times for Turkey’s Under-19 side, is yet to make his first-team debut for the Bundesliga outfit.
However Saglam, who was also reportedly interesting fellow Premier League side Tottenham, is poised to join the Hammers from the German club on a free transfer in the summer.
The report adds that the capture of the Turkish youngster demonstrates West Ham’s board’s confidence and loyalty towards manager Slaven Bilic, as Saglam was acquired on his recommendation.
This is despite the Hammers losing eight of their opening 14 league fixtures this season, with Bilic’s men visiting Anfield on Sunday to take on third-placed Liverpool.