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West Ham starlet Domingos Quina wanted by Arsenal

“You see he has ability,” Julian Dicks said last year on the USA Tour.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

17-year-old starlet Domingos Quina could be on the move again after joining West Ham United last season. Arsenal are reportedly interested in the midfielder from Portugal, per Sky Sports.

Quina, 16 at the time, was taken along on the Hammers’ USA Tour last summer shortly after signing from Chelsea, and saw action against the Seattle Sounders and Carolina RailHawks as a left winger.

At the time, first team coach Julian Dicks spoke after the Seattle match and praised Quina’s early adaptation into the team.

I think he’s done okay,” Dicks said postgame. “He’s very positive […] He’s just got to know the boys as well, so it’s going to take him a while, but you see he has ability.

The Portuguese attacking midfielder made his professional debut in two Europa League matches before playing in 13 Premier League 2 matches, scoring a long-range chip and adding one assist.

Quina earned two Player of the Month nominations in October after his performances against Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion. He was ruled out of the second half of the season, but took home the Dylan Tombides award as the most outstanding academy player of the year.

Last year, he won the U17 European Championships with Portugal. This summer, Quina has played a large role in Portugal’s U19 team at this summer’s European U19 Championship. He has played in each of the team’s three Group A matches, as Portugal won the group with wins over Georgia and the Czech Republic before drawing with Sweden. Portugal play the Netherlands July 12 in the semi-finals.

Last summer, Quina reportedly snubbed Arsenal’s approaches before signing for the Hammers, but Arsene Wenger seems keen on bringing the young talent to North London.

Quina originally left Chelsea for West Ham to earn more game time, and he signed a contract through 2019 in November. But after his two Europa League appearances, Quina did not feature in the Premier League for manager Slaven Bilic.