Teenage winger Daniel Kemp has left Chelsea to sign a long-term contract with West Ham United, the Hammers have confirmed. Kemp, 16, joined the Blues at the age of six but has decided on a move across London, signing a one-year scholarship with a three-year professional deal waiting for him in July 2016.
"I'm over the moon to have signed for West Ham. It's a great club and I can really see a good pathway and a positive culture here," Kemp told West Ham's official website. "Today is a very proud day for myself but also my dad, mum and sister. All I look to do is make them happy."
Kemp had a number of other clubs interested in his services but felt a move to the East End would be his best option after learning Hammers' academy manager Terry Westley had been tracking his progress for a number of years.
"Speaking to academy manager Terry Westley, it sounds like they've been watching me for a couple of years. It was about trying to find the right time to move, now I'm here I'm so pleased and really looking forward to my future.
"I've been to the Boleyn Ground a couple of times to watch games, it's a fantastic stadium, it's not the biggest but it has a great atmosphere."
Kemp could now go straight into the West Ham Under-18s side for Saturday's trip to Leicester City.