By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are eyeing a loan move for West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford next season interest despite from the Premier League big hitters, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim that Rafael Benitez is interested in taking the 17-year-old to St James’ Park as he steps up plans to guide the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Newcastle are said to be looking for a new centre-back as long-serving defender Steven Taylor has left Newcastle while there are also question marks over the future of fellow veteran Fabricio Coloccini, who is about to enter the final year of his deal with the club.
However, the Magpies face competition for Oxford as Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig have offered the youngster a £20,000 a week deal, while Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the player.
The Sun reported that United have have submitted a bid worth up to £15million for 17-year-old Oxford.
Newcastle are ready to join the bidding by offering a regular playing slot and the chance to inspire the team’s instant return to the Premier League next season following their relegation.
Nevertheless, it would be regarded as a shock if Newcastle were to sign such a highly rated English player ahead of clubs able to offer top flight football.
Sky Sports claim the England Under-19 international wishes to stay in his home country and that West Ham are only thought to be considering bids above £10m for the starlet.
The London-born defender rejected a new deal earlier in the summer, but he does still have two years left on his current deal.
The centre-back, who can also play in the defensive midfield position, starred in 23 fixtures for the Hammers in the recently completed domestic season.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are eyeing a move for Arsenal starlet Isaac Hayden.