Thursday, 27 January 2011

Man United and West Ham in battle for non-league hotshot

Paul McCallum(centre) 
Manchester United and West Ham have started the bidding for highly-rated Dulwich Hamlet wonderkid Paul McCallum.
The 17-year-old striker was playing Sunday League football a year ago but now has a long list of Premier League scouts purring over his ability after some fine FA Youth Cup performances.
Dulwich received 14 enquiries about McCallum the morning after his display in the FA Youth Cup earlier this month but no solid bids were made.
But now Dulwich have received offers from Manchester United and West Ham as well as one from a Championship club - thought to be Millwall.
Dulwich manager Gavin Rose, who is a close friend of Rio Ferdinand, insists the club will not be held to ransom over their star attraction but admits McCallum may benefit from a transfer.
"We've had firm interest from three clubs and we're now looking over bids," said former West Ham youngster Rose.
"Two from the Premier League, one from the Championship. We're looking to strike a deal now.
"But we've had to stand our ground over the situation because there has often been a thought process among top clubs that they can come in to small clubs, take the players and do whatever they want.
"Clubs can't be flippant about the work we put in to these players. If Paul had the opportunity to train five times a week full-time I dread to think how well he'd develop. He is a bundle of potential, and has all the attributes to be anything he wants to be."
Midfielder Quade Taylor has also caught the attention of the watching Premier League scouts, but Dulwich have not received any bids for him yet.

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