West Ham striker Toni Martinez is set to leave on loan “in the next few days”, according to a club insider.
Ex-WHU Employee, who is an excellent source of Hammers news, reported on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon that the 21-year-old is likely to head overseas.
He explained that Martinez has a “few offers” from lower league Spanish clubs and his departure is imminent.
It looks like Martinez could be the first academy player to go out on loan after deadline day. He has a few offers from some League 2 Spanish clubs and is expected to move in the next few days
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 10, 2018
Good move for West Ham?
Yes, as long as Martinez joins a club where he is a regular starter. Aged 21, the centre-forward now needs regular senior football if he is to develop to the level where he can make it as a top-level professional, either at West Ham or elsewhere. He has made just three senior appearances for the club since joining in 2016, but has an outstanding record for the Under-23s, netting 25 goals in 29 matches to put himself in the shop window for other clubs. A return to Spain makes sense for the player, but English clubs should certainly be making a play for him, given his height and physicality.
This Is Futbol rating 7/10
Likely to happen?
Given Ex-WHU Employee’s outstanding contacts at the club and the consistent veracity of his information, it is fairly certain that Martinez will seal an exit in the coming days. Expect him to move to Spain, too, given that is his homeland.
This Is Futbol rating 9/10