£18m-rated defender wants West Ham talks - report
By Dominic Toner
Reece Oxford wants to return to the negotiating table with West Ham and agree an improved contract, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Oxford is keen to revive negotiations with the club amid interest from a string of Premier League big hitters.
It is said that the 17-year-old defender and West Ham have been some distant apart in their previous negotiations to improve his agreement, which expires in two years.
Not talks have been held recently and the teenager and his representations are keen to return to the negotiating table.
The Daily Mail claimed at the end of July that the Hammers already valued the 17-year-old at £18million due to strong interest from the elite, including Manchester City and Manchester United.
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It was also reported by The Sun that scouts from Tottenham watched the defender play for England Under-19s against Holland in the European championships this summer.
Jamie Redknapp has predicted that Oxford will be worth the same as John Stones in three or four years, who moved to Manchester City for a widely reported fee of £47.5million.
Oxford started in West Ham’s 3-0 victory against NK Domzale in their first ever match at the Olympic Stadium and is expected to feature regularly for manager Slaven Bilic this season.
He was an unused substitute in the team’s opening weekend Premier League defeat to Chelsea on Monday night.
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 starred in the England Under-19s side which made the semi-finals of this summers Championships in Germany.
In 2015, Oxford won the Dylan Tombides award, which is given to the star player of the youth academy for that year.
In other West Ham team news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to Mark Noble’s display in front of England manager Sam Allardyce.