MEDIA speculation that Coventry City have targeted West Ham United teenager Marcus Browne in this month’s transfer window has been dismissed by our Sky Blues sources.
We understand Sky Blues manager Russell Slade, who as we first revealed took charge on December 21, has never actively pursued the 19-year-old.
Our sources say only his predecessor Mark Venus, who remains Coventry’s technical director, had previously made tentative inquiries after the Hammers attacking midfielder had impressed in a Checkatrade Trophy fixture earlier this season at the Ricoh Arena.
It is reported there is now keen interest in Browne from other clubs. But it would now appear Coventry City are not among them.
Browne scored last night for West Ham’s under-23s in a match said by the Hammers to be watched by around 50 scouts.
Hammers academy boss Terry Westley told the club’s website: ““There was a big attendance by scouts tonight. The loan window closes at the end of January for the rest of the season and I think we had 50 clubs here.
“… I’m sure my phone will be hot with requests with people wanting to take our players out on loan.”
While mentioning other players too, he added: “Marcus Browne caught the eye with those fast counter attacks. We showed that tonight with our second goal.”