West Ham sign 20-year-old talented Nigerian player Oladapo Afolayan
West Ham have dipped into non-league to sign forward Oladapo Afolayan from Solihull Moors.
The 20-year-old Nigerian, who played in the same Chelsea youth side as Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.
'It's a dream come true,' Afolayan told West Ham's website. 'I've worked hard to get here and I'm grateful for the opportunity.
'I started out with Chelsea and was there until I was 15, then my family moved to Canada and I was part of the academy at Toronto FC.
'Then, when we moved back, I studied civil engineering at Loughborough University before the opportunity arose to join Solihull and play in the National League and it was something I couldn't turn down.
'Now, the opportunity has come to join a Premier League club and West Ham is one which has always given youngsters opportunities to come through, as we have seen this season, so I've come here to get into the first team and make a name for myself.'
Delighted to join @WestHamUtd! I’m grateful for the opportunity! Can’t wait to get going ⚒ pic.twitter.com/kmK9hqGhQu— Dapo Afolayan (@dapo_afolayan) February 1, 2018