West Ham lead race for Wales teenager after new manager's long-held interest

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West Ham United are now reportedly leading the race for Wales midfielder Jordan James.

James looks highly likely to leave St Andrew's following Birmingham City's relegation from the Championship, having previously attracted interest from Atalanta, Fiorentina, Crystal Palace, and Wolves.

Now, according to journalist Alan Nixon, it's the Hammers who are now leading the race for the 19-year-old, who's won 10 caps for his country since making his international debut back away to Croatia back in March last year.

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New West Ham boss Julen Lopetegui is believed to be a particularly keen admirer of James, having shown an interest when he was in charge at Molineux, although Nixon believes he could now face competition from Championship winners Leicester City, as they bid to mould a squad capable of competing back in the top flight.

Wales boss Rob Page has already tipped James to reach the very top, and it seems more than likely that he will move on this summer.

“I think he has proven at top international level, against top midfielders in Croatia, to name one team, [that] he is more than capable of playing at that level as a [number] six," Page said earlier this week.

"I know there is definitely interest. I would not be surprised if he is gone. We will have to wait and see.”