Tunji Akinola has signed a one-year deal with Scottish Championship club Partick Thistle after his exit from West Ham United.

The centre-back – who can also play right-back – had been with West Ham United since the age of nine before departing the English Premier League club this summer following a loan spell at Leyton Orient. Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has signed him for the Championship season, the Firhill club taking on Arbroath this weekend.

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Thistle have snapped the defender up following a spell at West Ham United (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

McCall said: “He’s a strong, composed defender with plenty of pace who at the age of 22 still has plenty of improvement in him.”

A Thistle statement on the West Ham United academy graduate adds: “Partick Thistle can today announce the signing of Tunji Akinola on a one-year deal, subject to international clearance. The centre-half joins the club after leaving West Ham United earlier this summer where he’d been since he was nine years old.

“Akinola spent last season on loan with Leyton Orient, playing 34 times as the Brisbane Road side finished 11th in EFL League Two but now comes to Firhill for his first foray into Scottish football.”

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