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West Ham ahead of West Brom, Swansea for Hartlepool striker Connor Simpson

West Ham are tracking Hartlepool striker Connor Simpson.

The Sun says the Irons are trying to sign the 'new Andy Carroll'.

The 17-year-old striker, who scored on his first senior start last month, has drawn comparisons to Carroll because he is 6ft 5in and left-footed.

And it is Carroll's current club who are leading West Brom and Swansea in the race to strike a January deal.

The Hammers hope to nab Simpson, who is yet to sign a professional contract, for just £60,000.

But that fee would rise substantially if he made it into their first team.

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