Signing Patrick Roberts is the kind of measured risk West Ham need to take

As reported by The Express, West Ham United are interested in signing Manchester City attacker Patrick Roberts during the summer transfer window.

What’s the story?

Roberts is returning to English football this summer after a second loan spell at Scottish champions Celtic and has recently stated his ambition to make an impression in the Premier League.

The Express report that the two teams showing most interest in him are West Ham United and Leicester City, with title-winners Manchester City rating him at £15m.

Is he the kind of player the Irons should be moving for this summer?

Not a sure thing

Despite making himself a fan favourite in Glasgow, Roberts is wholly unproven at Premier League level, making a multi-million pound move for him something of a risk for ambitious top-flight sides.

However his potential is undeniable and, still just 21 years of age, he has good experience under his belt already having had to cope with the pressures of winning every week at the Hoops and playing against elite competition in the UEFA Champions League.

With 18 goals and 26 assists for Brendan Rodgers’ side over the last two-and-a-half seasons, he’s certainly made an impression north of the border and despite injury issues destroying much of his 2017/18 campaign, leaves the club fondly remembered.

He’s the kind of young player that West Ham should definitely be looking at this summer, risk or not. He’s talented, creative, exciting to watch and has a definite hunger to succeed at the elite level. It’s a combination that could make him a massive hit at the London Stadium.

With a new manager set to launch a new era at the club, they need to build for the long-term and Roberts can play a key role in that if they invest in his talent at this early stage.