Marina Granovskaia is close to completing Chelsea’s first transfer deal ahead of summer window

Marina Granovskaia is close to completing Chelsea's first transfer deal ahead of summer window

Chelsea youngster Pierre Ekwah Elimby is very close to leaving Stamford Bridge and sealing a move to London rivals West Ham United.

The 19-year-old, who operates as a defensive-minded midfield player, is close to joining the Hammers following a successful trial period with the club.

It is reported by Sky Sports that Ekwah, who had a trial with League One side Portsmouth earlier this year, will join the east London club for a fee of around £1.5million, with the Blues set to insert a significant sell-on clause in the deal ahead of his stock potentially rising in the future.

The youngster, despite being on the brink of sealing an exit from Stamford Bridge, has featured for the club’s under-23 side in Premier League 2 this season, racking up seven appearances. As well as making seven appearances for the under-23s he also chipped in with one goal.

In 2019/20, the Frenchman was a regular for the Blues’ under-18s before making the step up to the next rung of the ladder.

Ekwah joined Chelsea in 2018 for a fee of around £1.8m, sealing a move from French club Nantes, having previously applied his trade in the academies of RC Arpajonnais, Bretigny FCS, and CFF Paris.

Since arriving in west London three years ago, Ekwah has also earned caps for France at under-16 level, including an appearance against England in April 2018.

He has also had the privilige of training with Chelsea’s first-team squad at Cobham in the past.

West Ham, who are putting plans in place ahead of a UEFA Europa League adventure next season, are poised to confirm Ekwah’s arrival at the London Stadium once the summer transfer window officially opens for business on Wednesday.

Should the deal go through without any late snags or hitches, he is poised to immediately link-up with the Hammers’ Under-23s squad before looking to build up his experience and force his way into David Moyes’ first-team plans.

It would also represent Chelsea’s first confirmed transfer of the summer, either in or out, with others, on both fronts, expected to follow in the coming weeks and months.

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