Marcus Browne to get West Ham pre-season chance amid Celtic & Rangers interest

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to take a look at Marcus Browne in pre-season amid interest from Celtic, Rangers and Fulham, Goal understands.

Browne is back with the Hammers and is keen to make an impression with his boyhood club having enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Oxford United last season. 

With just a year remaining on his contract, however, there is plenty of interest in securing the 21-year-old midfielder.

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The Hammers were impressed with Browne's performances at Oxford, where he scored eight goals in 42 appearances, and are willing to give him a chance.

Pellegrini's side have five friendlies ahead of the new season and it is expected that Browne will be given opportunities in those fixtures, with West Ham then ultimately making a decision over whether he'll be integrated into the first-team.

They will take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Manchester City, Wolves and Newcastle as well as matches in Austria and London against Fulham and Athletic Club.

Fulham, meanwhile, are set for major upheaval after being relegated from the Premier League and they could lose Ryan Sessegnon, with Browne potentially seen as a replacement for the winger.

Rangers are in the market for more attacking talent too, while Celtic have reportedly issued a 'probe' after a document leaked online allegedly showed the club's transfer targets.

A host of Championship clubs were interested in Browne last January, while West Ham were also rumoured to be considering a recall. He did, however, stay with the League One club where he quickly became a star player.

Browne has played only once in the West Ham first team, coming on as a substitute in the Europa League fixture against Astra Giurgiu in the 2016-17 season. 

The London-born midfielder has been with the club since he was eight years old and signed his first professional contract in November 2015.

West Ham see the potential of bringing through a youngster internally benefitting them in terms of their transfer budget and being able to strengthen other areas of the squad.

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