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Manchester United Keen On Highly Rated West Ham Teenager [Report]

West Ham’s hopes of retaining fledgling youngster Reece Oxford look bleak as Manchester United and several other Premier League clubs are said to be planning a move for the talented 17-year-old.

The teenager’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and the Daily Mail has revealed that his contractual situation has alerted many Premier league clubs to his availability, including Arsenal and Manchester City. However, the newspaper believes that Manchester United and José Mourinho are actually in pole position to sign the youngster, should he depart the Hammers.

Oxford is considered to be one of the best youth prospects in English football, having burst on to the scene last year in making his competitive debut aged 16 years and 198 days. That record made him the club’s youngest ever senior player, surpassing a record of 16 years and 221 days set almost 100 years ago by Billy Williams in 1922.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Reece Oxford of West Ham United in action during the West Ham United training session at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images). (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The 17-year-old youngster is known for his versatility and has already demonstrated an ability to play either in midfield or defence, having announced himself to the Premier League with a fantastic display during his club’s incredible 2-0 victory over Arsenal on the opening weekend of last season.

Despite shining on his debut against a Gunners side that would go on to finish second in the league, Oxford made only a further 11 appearances last season with West Ham manager Slaven Bilić keen to ease the youngster’s development into a first-team regular.

It’s believed West Ham are keen to retain the wonder kid; however, contract talks broke down over the summer and have yet to re-start and with news of interest from Arsenal, City and United, Bilić may have a hard time convincing the England U20 international his future lies at London Stadium.

The crucial aspect to any deal for Oxford though is the fact West Ham will be due a large tribunal settlement fee if his contract runs out and he joins another English club so despite the player being out of contract at the end of the season, West Ham could still be in line to receive a very lucrative windfall.

Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.