Arsenal youngster, Tyrell Robinson, is on the verge of a switch to West Ham if recent reports are to be believed.
A player whom most Arsenal and West Ham fans are unlikely to be familiar with, here are eight things you should probably know about him and this rumour.
The story was broken as an exclusive by Jeorge Bird who is well known for his Arsenal youth player news and insight, giving the rumour significant weight.
Robinson started life as a left winger but has spent more time recently playing at left-back, as he told the Arsenal programme in April.
“I’ve played left back for much of this season,” Robinson said, “although I started on the wing.
“I trained with the first team a few times and played at left back. The first game I was up against Alexis Sanchez which was amazing.
“He is very tricky. I managed to defend well when he tried going down the line, so he started cutting inside and he got past me a couple of times, but I learnt from that.
“Another time I was against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and I did really well against him and Mr Wenger asked the youth coaches to play me at left back from that point onwards.
“That was encouraging because he saw something in me and wanted to monitor how I progress.”
He doesn’t actually seem to like playing as a defender with Bird reporting that the player almost left last season after falling out with coaches at Arsenal after they repeatedly asked him to play at left-back. Perhaps he’s had a change of heart since last summer.
Robinson will sign a two-year deal with the Hammers and missed training with the Arsenal u21s on Tuesday as completes the transfer.
George Dobson, who also left Arsenal to join West Ham last year, is one of Robinson’s closest friends. Dobson made 17 appearances for the West Ham u21s last season.
Born in Basildon, Robinson made 13 appearances for Arsenal’s u21s in the league last season, grabbing on assist. He scored a total of two goals, one in the UEFA Youth League against Galatasaray and one in the FA Youth Cup (and an assist) against Coventry giving him a total of two goals and two assists in 25 appearances over the course of the season.
Robinson, 18, signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in January 2015 after coming through the Hale End Academy.
His best feature is his pace, but his technical ability isn’t far behind, and he’s highly rated at Arsenal making his departure a big blow.