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Rob Hall set to quit West Ham to join Bolton?

Matthew Lewis

It really is no secret that Dougie Freedman has an eye on (perhaps soon to be former) West Ham man Rob Hall. The 19-year-old winger spent a month on loan at Bolton Wanderers, playing only 37 minutes in the process. Despite that, the manager's desire to capture the winger does not seem to have faltered. Hall is out of contract this summer and, according to the Daily Mirror, is set to quit the Hammers for a Wanderers move. The winger had other potential suitors, including Nottingham Forest.

As with the case of Hayden White, both teams would need to agree compensation for Hall due to his young player status. According to the Mirror, the two clubs are nowhere near each other on their valuations of the player and an independent tribunal may have to be called in to settle the case. Again, via the Mirror, the issue with the Tribunal is that the valuation is a bit of a crap shoot and may end up fairly high, barring Freedman from potentially bringing in other players this summer with another defender potentially on the cards.

Prior to his Bolton spell, Hall spent four months on loan at Birmingham City, making 13 appearances for the Blues and assisting seven goals in the process. It was during his Brum loan that Hall suffered groin issues before ultimately undergoing hernia surgery. That surgery and fitness issues as a result of the groin problem stunted Hall's Bolton contribution.