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2nd Oct, 2016 | 8:58am

Bilic makes defender request to West Ham board - report

By Will Butcher

Slaven Bilic is desperate for the West Ham board to complete a new deal for wonderkid Reece Oxford, according to a report.

The 17-year-old, who turns 18 in December, is the subject of interest from Manchester United after breaking onto the scene when he was named man-of-the-match in the Hammers’ opening game against Arsenal last season.

The Sun has claimed that former Croatia manager Bilic is ready to intervene himself to complete a deal for the youngster, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2019.

The versatile holding midfielder was left out of Bilic’s squad to face Middlesbrough on Saturday, as the Hammers ended their four-game losing streak in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw.

England Under-20 international Oxford has failed to make a domestic appearance for the East London outfit this season despite Bilic’s injury problems, playing just two cup games in West Ham’s premature exit from the Europa League against Domzale and Astra Giurgiu.

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It is claimed that he is getting increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities, despite being promised a bigger role after a bid from Man United was turned down in the summer.

Oxford is yet to sign a new contract, with the Daily Mail previously reporting that terms offered to the youngster did not reflect the £15million price tag that was slapped on his head earlier this year.

Oxford has made a total of 16 league and cup appearances for the Hammers following his debut.

In other West Ham news, fans have reacted to Dimitri Payet’s fantastic goal against Middlesbrough.