West Ham United should try and hold onto academy prospect Sonny Perkins this summer, following reports that he could be leaving the club.

According to reports from club insider @ExWHUemployee, clubs like Aston Villa and Leeds United are interested in signing the young forward.

It has been rumoured that the young winger is asking for higher wages in a new contract, and the England U18 international could potentially leave the club with other sides open to these new demands.

However, it could be a mistake allowing the youngster to leave this summer, especially after the successful season he has had in the West Ham U23 side.

In 20 league appearances, Perkins scored 10 goals to help rally the team to a second-placed finish.

He regularly featured on the bench for the senior squad and he made his Premier League debut after being subbed on against Leeds in January.

On top of this, he made two European appearances in the Europa League and emerged as one of the club’s brightest talents of recent years.

With all this in mind, if manager David Moyes gives him the chance he needs, next season could only be an improvement for Sonny Perkins.

Currently he could be a good player in the senior squad, but being only 18-year-old, he needs to be patient and wait for the right time to come into the senior team.

West Ham, however, should not be letting him go to other Premier League rivals, and the club should be trying their best to hold onto the future star.

Perkins’ future is bright and it seems like supporters have been impressed with his performances, which only further highlights why West Ham should not let him go this summer.