Doneil Henry closing in on shock West Ham move – report

West Ham United are reportedly close to securing the signing of Canadian defender Doneil Henry from Cypriot side Apollon Limassol, with a work permit the only remaining obstacle.

Henry, 21, has been with Toronto FC for his whole career so far after progressing through their academy but was sold to Apollon Limassol before the start of the 2014 MLS season, despite the deal only being revealed in October, and he hasn’t played a single game for the Cypriot side as of yet.

The powerful centre-back remained in MLS with Toronto for the past season and the Reds were also hoping to negotiate a deal to keep him on loan again in 2015.

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But now Henry is closing in on a dream move to play in Europe with the high-flying Hammers in the Premier League as Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his defence in January.

The 2012 Canadian U20 Player of the Year just needs a work permit to secure a move, and the hearing for that will take place tomorrow, according to TSN’s Luke Wileman.

Henry played with Jermain Defoe for the past season and the former West Ham striker spoke glowingly about the defender’s ability on numerous occasions, and that may have made Sam Allardyce and his team take note.

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The Canadian has been on trial at West Ham twice in the past and Allardyce is believed to be a big admirer, admitting that he feels Henry is “raw, but talented”.

It’s a big move for Henry as many felt he was not good enough to play for the Toronto team at points last season but he could have the chance to prove them wrong with a string of solid performances in the Premier League with West Ham now.

Doneil Henry should be a West Ham player within the next few weeks so long as he is granted a work permit and it will be intriguing to see how he progresses as a player from now.

Will Doneil Henry be a good signing for West Ham? Is he good enough to play in the Premier League?

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