Holland set for temporary West Ham exit

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West Ham United will reportedly allow Nathan Holland to leave the club on loan in January to gain some valuable first-team experience.

Manuel Pellegrini is claimed to have blocked a summer exit for Holland, prompting the possibility the midfielder would be handed some first-team opportunities this season, but he is yet to even be named in a Premier League matchday squad this term.

The 21-year-old, who has represented England from Under-16 to Under-19 level, did start West Ham’s surprise 4-0 EFL Cup defeat to Oxford United last month but they are the only senior minutes he has been afforded during the 2019/20 campaign.

It is now claimed the East London outfit, who are sitting eighth in the table, will allow the Wythenshawe-born star to leave on a temporary basis in January to continue his development as they feel he is not yet ready to make an impact on the Hammers’ first team.

Early reports suggest a number of Championship clubs are showing an interest in Holland and the midfielder, who started his youth career out at Everton, will have several different teams to choose from come the turn of the year.

West Ham already have several players out on loan with striker Jordan Hugill, who has struggled to make an impression since arriving from Preston North End in January 2018, currently plying his trade at Queens Park Rangers.

Highly-rated Grady Diangana joined West Brom on a season-long loan this summer, while Josh Cullen, Nathan Trott, Oladapo Afolayan, Martin Samuelsen, Ajibola Alese and Sead Haksabanovic are already enjoying temporary spells away from the London Stadium.

Pellegrini’s men, who are on a three-game winless run in all competitions, return to Premier League action on October 19 when they make the trip to Goodison Park to take on struggling Everton, who are sitting in the relegation zone.

It is thought a defeat for the Toffees will spell the end of Marco Silva’s reign on Merseyside.