Report: West Ham field approach for wonderkid, this is the response
By Alex Stevens
Rangers have made a bid to sign West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford on loan, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Scottish giants have approached the London-based Premier League giants about a deal in which Oxford would spend the remainder of the season on loan.
It is said that the enquiry was made by Rangers this week and “is being mulled over by West Ham”.
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.
But the 18-year-old is yet to play in a league match for the Premier League club this season, with his only senior appearances of the campaign coming in the Europa League qualifiers at the end of last summer.
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Slaven Bilic has previously stated his belief that Oxford will go on to become “world class” 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.
Rangers now hope West Ham will be tempted to let Oxford leave temporarily this month to gain some playing time in senior football.
Oxford was the second youngest player to start a Premier League match when he made his competitive debut against Arsenal, aged 16, at the start of last season.
He is a versatile operator who can play in central defence or in the midfield anchorman role, and has been widely compared to Rio Ferdinand due to his style of play.
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.