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West Ham left furious and released a scathing statement as 18-year-old prodigy Sonny Perkins quit on a free transfer

WEST HAM furious with Sonny Perkins’ agents after his departure.

The 18-year-old forward joined the Hammers at Under-14 level and was credited as the youngest academy star to be promoted to the first team.

West Ham fans got a glimpse of Perkins last season when he made a couple of cameo appearances

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West Ham fans got a glimpse of Perkins last season when he made a couple of cameo appearancesPhoto credit: Getty

Having turned down several professional contract offers, Perkins will now leave – with West Ham accusing the player’s representatives of breaking the rules in relation to other clubs’ approaches.

West Ham are entitled to compensation from any club Perkins joins but have not confirmed whether they will lodge a formal complaint in court.

One scathing statement read: “West Ham United invest millions of pounds a year in their world-renowned football academy.

“Obviously the club is very disappointed that Sonny has decided not to continue his development with the Hammers.

“The club is disappointed in Perkins’ representatives and believes strongly that he was asked to sign for another club, which led to him asking to be released from his scholarship.

“West Ham United take this matter very seriously – we believe the rules and structure of the Football Association and the Premier League should be respected at all times.”

Perkins made his Europa League group stage debut against Rapid Vienna last season and has played a total of three games for David Moyes’ first team.

While they lost Perkins, West Ham have been busy in the transfer window looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.

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Last month they signed defender Nayef Aguerd from Rennes for £30million.

The Moroccan signs a five-year deal as the Hammers look to expand their roster for another European season.

They have also signed goalkeeper Alphonse Areola after he went on loan at the London Stadium last year.

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