West Ham in advanced talks to seal transfer of midfielder tipped to be world class - Sky
By Alex Stevens
Rangers are in advanced talks to sign teen sensation Reece Oxford on loan from West Ham for the remainder of the season, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the Scottish giants are working on a deal to sign the 18-year-old, who has been tipped to be “world-class” by Hammers manager Slaven Bilic.
Rangers are trying to land Oxford on a temporary deal as they aim to tie up their third loan signing of the January window.
Mark Warburton’s side have already completed moves for Jon Toral from Arsenal and Bournemouth midfielder Emerson Hyndman to join until the end of the season.
Oxford, who can play in central midfield or at centre-back, is on the fringes of the West Ham side and has been an unused substitute in their last three matches but he is yet to see any league action this season.
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The youngster could now join Rangers as they step up their push for a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership and success in the Scottish Cup.
Oxford is highly rated by West Ham, who recently ended speculation about the teenager’s long-term future by handing him a four-and-a-half-year contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
He recently returned to full fitness after two months out with an ankle injury but his only senior action in a disrupted campaign came in the Europa League qualifiers at the end of last summer.
Slaven Bilic has previously stated his belief that Oxford will go on to become a world-beater and it was widely reported that Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were among the big hitters that kept close tabs him before he penned a new deal in December.
“On paper he has all the abilities to become a world-class player and it is now up to him to train hard and for us to manage him well for him to fulfil it,” said Bilic.
Oxford was the second youngest player to start a Premier League match, and the youngest in West Ham’s history, when he made his competitive debut against Arsenal, aged 16, at the start of last season.
In total, he has made 16 appearances for the east London club, with 14 of them coming in 2015-16.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have clinched a big-name deal despite being outbid by their Premier League rivals’ £65,000-a-week offer.