Chelsea and Arsenal target pens first professional contract

West Ham defender Reece Burke has signed his first professional contract for the club, despite rumoured interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, according to the DailyStar.

The centre-back has signed a three-year deal, with West Ham keen to fend off the interest from potential suitors.

The 18 year-old made his debut for the club in last season’s 5-0 FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest, where he came off the bench 10 minutes in the second half, and failed to help his side stop Forest from scoring four goals in the remainder of the match. This was not the best debut for the then 17 year-old defender.

He has since made his home debut at Upton Park in their League Cup loss on penalties to Sheffield United, where the young defender played the full 120 minutes. The goal which denied the Hammers the win in normal time was an own goal from fellow defender Winston Reid, which Burke could do little about.

The youngster has since been an unused substitute for West Ham in their 1-0 loss to Tottenham, and is happy to have signed for such a great club.

Updated: October 2, 2014 — 12:15 pm
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