By Dominic Toner
Manchester City have joined the race to sign teenager Reece Oxford, according to a report.
The 17-year-old still has two years remaining on his contract but West Ham are set to offer a new long-term deal to persuade him to stay.
Manchester Evening News report that Pep Guardiola is keen on a move for the £15million-rated defender and scouts have been watching his performances for England at the under-19 European Championships.
Rivals Manchester United have been monitoring the progress of Oxford and the Sun reported earlier this summer that United has tabled an offer worth up to £15million.
Football Insider reported on Sunday that scouts from Spurs watched the 17-year-old defender play for England Under-19s against Holland on Friday.
Oxford broke into The Hammers’ first team after starting the first game of last season against Arsenal, winning a man-of-the-match in a combative display that even linked him with a call-up to the senior England side.
He made 12 appearances in total for the East London outfit last season, and has already represented England at youth levels.
In 2015, Oxford won the Dylan Tombides award, which is given to the star player of the youth academy for that year.
Slaven Bilic helped guide West Ham to European qualification last season and will need the full strength of his squad to compete on all fronts, and the manager is desperate to keep hold of his young star.
In other West Ham transfer news, their former player has scored a wonder goal for his new club.