Sanchez signs

Sergio Sanchez has signed his first professional contract with West Ham United.

The young Spanish defender has been part of Tony Carr's youth set-up since arriving from Barcelona two years ago. A centre-back, he can also play at right-back or in a holding midfield role.

After establishing himself as an Under-18 regular, Sanchez  has stepped up to Alex Dyer's reserves this season - playing a part in Tuesday night's win at Liverpool.

Upon signing his first contract, the promising Sanchez said: "I am absolutely happy to sign my first contract. What I am aiming for is trying to push up to the reserve team, get some games in there and hopefully do well.

"Obviously if I can be a success here, I will be delighted."