By Dominic Toner
Reece Oxford is expected to agree a new deal with West Ham, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Hammers are close to securing a new deal for the 17-year-old defender after trying to secure his long-term future over the summer.
The report details that his wage will increase along with clauses for appearances and the club are confident he will now stay.
The Mail reported in July that West Ham had placed an £18million price tag on Oxford after interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.
Oxford’s current contract is set to expire in 2019 but West Ham are keen for him to pledge his future to the club and continue to develop at the Olympic Stadium.
The youngster can play an array of different positions and is especially capable in central-defensive and holding-midfield roles.
Slaven Bilic is expected to use Oxford this season in his first team set-up and he was an unused substitute in the club’s first three Premier League games.
He did make two appearances for West Ham in the Europa League qualifiers but they were eliminated from the competition by Astra Giurgiu.
The young Englishman has made 16 senior appearances for West Ham and will now hope to emulate fellow former graduate Rio Ferdinand.
In other West Ham transfer news, their new striker agreed a deal with a Serie A club before joining the Hammers.