He may have scored two reasonably close-range finishes against Paul Ince’s men – but his overall performance was a pleasure to watch and it’s those displays that show exactly why top-tier sides have been tracking his signature for a number of months now.
As per a report from The Athletic’s David Ornstein yesterday, West Ham United are set to open talks regarding a potential move for the 21-year-old, a potential blow for the Tigers who have already seen one of their former prized assets in Jarrod Bowen make the switch to the London Stadium.
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According to that same article from The Athletic, Lewis-Potter has been valued at around £18m, a potentially surprising price tag considering his contract at the MKM Stadium expires in just over 12 months.
However, David Moyes’ side aren’t alone in their quest to recruit the England youth international with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly scouting him last week as they also weigh up a potential approach for his services.
The London-based duo are the two sides that seem to be locked in a battle to win the race for his signature at this stage, although Brentford submitted a £12m bid for the 21-year-old way back in January.
This bid was unsuccessful, potentially giving other previously-interested outfits like Southampton a chance to re-enter the race in the summer.
They could potentially be met with firm resistance though with Hull owner Acun Ilicali and manager Shota Arveladze both desperate to keep hold of some of their most prized assets, though they may have to sacrifice the winger if they want to bring in as many as 10 players before the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
However, Hull Live claimed yesterday afternoon that a move for the 21-year-old to the Hammers or Spurs is extremely unlikely at this point – and owner Ilicali is even preparing to offer Lewis-Potter fresh terms in a bid to tie him down for the long term.
That would allow the East Yorkshire outfit to maximise his price tag, something they are currently unable to do at this stage with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023.
West Bromwich Albion’s predicament with Sam Johnstone, with the 29-year-old set to leave in the summer for free despite the Baggies receiving an offer for his services last summer, is a warning sign for the Tigers that they may lose him for just a compensation fee unless they act decisively by either tying him down to fresh terms or selling him on.