West Ham United signed Martin Samuelsen for their academy from Manchester City in 2015, but he hasn’t made his debut with their first team yet.
After disappointing loan spells in England, the 22-year-old joined Dutch club VVV-Venlo last summer and earlier this year, Norwegian side Haugesund signed him on a temporary deal.
His current deal with the Hammers runs down after this season and the contract situation allows him to negotiate with clubs outside England from January for a summer transfer.
Norway’s TV2 interviewed the player and when discussing his plans beyond this campaign, Samuelsen decided to keep things close to his chest.
“I have an idea of what I want, but we have a good part of the season with Haugesund, so I will focus on that for the time being,” he said.
“But after so many loans and short stays here and there, I think it’s important for me to gain stability over time. Feel the sense of belonging, that I’m a part of something, rather than feeling that you are a mercenary.”
It’s clear that Samuelsen’s chances of continuing at West Ham beyond next summer are highly unlikely as he looks to for a club where he settle down.
Last weekend, Samuelsen netted a second half brace in Haugesund’s 2-2 draw against Kristiansund after having a poor start to the game.
Talking about the last tie, Samuelsen explained. “A few months or years ago, I might have felt like packing my suitcase and getting off when something like that happened.
“But I stood there and managed to get two goals. I got a little proud of myself.”