By Tony Hughes
West Ham’s bid to tie emerging star Reece Oxford down to a new contract have stalled, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers are trying to securing a new deal for the 17-year-old defender after talks over the summer.
But it is said that West Ham’s hopes of reaching a fresh agreement with Oxford are looking increasingly “bleak”, to provide hope to his suitors led by Manchester United.
Oxford has just signed a lucrative deal with Nike that will net him a significant rise from his previous contract and make him one of the sportswear giant’s top teenage earners.
The package underlines his standing as one of the most high-profile young sportsmen in England, but his future at West Ham is not so secure.
The Mail reported in July that West Ham had placed an £18million price tag on Oxford after interest from the Premier League elite.
United are in pole position to land the talented teenager if he decides to leave the London Stadium at the end of the season, while Arsenal and Manchester City are also interested in the defender, who can also play in centre midfield.
Initial talks over a new Hammers deal took place over the summer but the hierarchy were unable to settle the matter.
Slaven Bilic is expected to use Oxford this season in his first team set-up and he was an unused substitute in four of the club’s first five 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.