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Alan 3:20 Fri Oct 25
West Ham sign prolific young striker Mipo Odubeko
West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated young striker Ademipo ‘Mipo’ Odubeko.



Odubeko joins the Hammers after spending his schoolboy years at Manchester United, where he scored 35 goals and netted on his U18 Premier League debut last season, and will now continue his development at the Academy of Football.

The powerful centre forward, who turned 17 on Monday, was born and raised in the Republic of Ireland, for whom he has been capped at U17 international level.

“It’s a really exciting day,” said Odubeko, who will initially work with West Ham’s U18 squad. “I’ve been waiting for this move for a while, so I’m looking forward to getting started.

“West Ham is a club with a lot of history behind it. It promotes its young players, so it’s a great opportunity for me to develop my game and help the team.

“I’m looking forward to moving to London – it’ll be a little different to Manchester, so it’s an exciting challenge.”

Academy Manager Ricky Martin hailed the capture of the sought-after frontman in the face of competition from some of Europe’s leading clubs, and is looking forward to seeing him progress at Chadwell Heath.

“Mipo signing for West Ham is another really positive story for the Academy,” he said. “He is a promising player we are looking forward to working with and this move is a great opportunity for him to join us and continue his journey.

“It will naturally take Mipo some time to settle in, but we believe West Ham is the perfect environment for Mipo to flourish and fulfil his undoubted potential.

“We’re really trying to work hard here at the Club to push players on at the right time and give them the right opportunities.

“He’ll start with the Under-18s and will enjoy opportunities to work, develop his own game, and act as a focal point in attack for different age groups, including the Under-23s.

“I’m sure Mipo will want to make a big impact by scoring goals, so we’re really looking forward to seeing him working with two teams who’ve started the season really well.”

Odubeko, who won the Victory Shield with Ireland at U16 level, is aiming to continue his prolific form when he pulls on a West Ham shirt.

“I’m a goalscorer, I’m quick, and I work hard for my team,” he said, when asked to describe himself as a player. “I always set high expectations for myself, so I’m looking to score a lot of goals for West Ham this season.

“I’ve been out for a while now, so now I’m just excited to get going – and get scoring.”

West Ham United would like to welcome Mipo to east London and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.

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terry-h 8:29 Fri Oct 25
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Eggbert Nobacon 4:22
I saw that miss, and my first reaction was" that's the Norman Stanley I remember!"

Alfs 7:08 Fri Oct 25
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He's allergic to silver apparently, it makes him come up in a terrible rash. So to avoid it, he's signed for us.

Eggbert Nobacon 6:13 Fri Oct 25
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"he believes his future is better served away from the club"



thinks it will be easier and quicker to get in the side with a team like us was the reason given when he first linked

easthammer 6:12 Fri Oct 25
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Eggbert Nobacon

Read the link and as you say it seems Man Utd wanted to keep him.

But I wonder what was behind the statement

"he believes his future is better served away from the club"

You would think that being on Man Utd's books and doing well at 16 would be a lot of Irish kids' dream, wouldn't you? I can only assume we promising to push him on into the Premier League 2 squad sooner. Hope he doesn't have pushy advisors ala Oxford. Hopefully, we won't be paying him anywhere near £20K a week.

And let's hope he moved from Ireland at age 4 and spent ten years living in Plaistow where he developed an undying love for claret & blue before being enticed to the land of the dark satanic mills only to escape at the first opportunity to return to his spiritual home.

But then again it might just be money.

zebthecat 5:59 Fri Oct 25
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Welcome Mipo ya big feckin bollix.

Eggbert Nobacon 5:31 Fri Oct 25
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https://talksport.com/football/572242/manchester-united-mipo-odubeko-contract/

Eggbert Nobacon 5:29 Fri Oct 25
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easthammer

they were fighting to keep him he turned down their contract offers

been linked with Juventus, Athletico and Bayern

Westham67 5:26 Fri Oct 25
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Far Cough 4:50 Fri Oct 25

It was him thanks. I was working in China at the time and 2009 covers it as well

easthammer 5:23 Fri Oct 25
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zico wrote...

Re: West Ham sign prolific young striker Mipo Odubeko
Have any of these "young" signings worked over the years? Any of them ended up with a long spell in the first team? Obviously I'm hoping but not hopeful!!!

Declan Rice at age 14 and he was Irish then as well!

Although I guess you mean older youngsters 17+ who have been through big teams' Academies. If you do then I agree if at 18 teams aren't fighting to hold on to them there is probably a reason. Especially at a club like Man Utd.
e.g.
Flectcher not up to it.
Ravel trouble.

What is Mipo's back story ?

Far Cough 4:50 Fri Oct 25
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Westham67 4:28 Fri Oct 25
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Who was the wonder kid got about 2008ish ?. We having a whoslurps in Bangkok with BC, Deffers Malay hammer and Syders and we playing Arsenal and he was shit

Frank Nouble?

zico 4:47 Fri Oct 25
Re: West Ham sign prolific young striker Mipo Odubeko
Have any of these "young" signings worked over the years? Any of them ended up with a long spell in the first team? Obviously I'm hoping but not hopeful!!!

Westham67 4:34 Fri Oct 25
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O'Mipo

Eggbert Nobacon 4:34 Fri Oct 25
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exile - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oloTuuXiPQ

Iron Duke 4:29 Fri Oct 25
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Great Irish name. Top o' the morning, Mipo.

Westham67 4:28 Fri Oct 25
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Who was the wonder kid got about 2008ish ?. We having a whoslurps in Bangkok with BC, Deffers Malay hammer and Syders and we playing Arsenal and he was shit

the exile 4:27 Fri Oct 25
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geoffpikey - third time lucky, I hope. Got a good feeling about this one. There was a youtube compilation of this kid that someone posted on here a couple of weeks ago - looks seriously good.

Bernie 4:26 Fri Oct 25
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Welcome Mipo son.

Eggbert Nobacon 4:22 Fri Oct 25
Re: West Ham sign prolific young striker Mipo Odubeko
Fletcher the other night

https://www.caughtoffside.com/2019/10/23/video-former-man-united-striker-produces-absolute-horror-miss-from-one-yard-out/

geoffpikey 4:21 Fri Oct 25
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Recall that Ashley Fletcher was "better than Marcus Rashford" when he signed from Man Utd. And Ravel was "best player Sir Alex had ever seen for his age."

Welcome Mipo. No pressure, to be sure.

ted fenton 4:14 Fri Oct 25
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Thanks Alan

Darby_ 4:14 Fri Oct 25
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Giroud was obviously a smokescreen for this kid.

Welcome MIPO.

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