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13th Oct, 2016 | 7:36am

£18m-rated defender gives update amid speculation he has agreed West Ham deal - reports

By Dominic Toner

Reece Oxford has claimed he is not close to agreeing a new West Ham deal, according to a report.

The 17-year-old has taken to Twitter to explain he is not set for a new contract with the Hammers beyond his current agreement, which expires at the end of next season.

The Daily Mail claim that Oxford was directly referring to his contract negotiations when he posted on his personal Twitter account.

“Been hearing some funny stuff recently,” he said.

It is reported that Manchester United are best placed to sign the youngster if he decides to leave the club, with Arsenal and Manchester City also interested.

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The Daily Mail have previously stated that Oxford is rated at £18million by West Ham chiefs and they value him as one of the emerging stars at the club.

The youngster can play an array of different positions and is especially capable in central-defensive and holding-midfield roles.

West Ham manager has included Oxford on the bench for five Premier League games this season, but he is yet to make an appearance in the league.

He did play twice in the first-team during the Europa League campaign but his game time has been restricted.

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 news, their senior figure has posted a message ahead of the Crystal Palace match.