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12th Jul, 2016 | 5:30am

Report: Mourinho sends scouts to watch West Ham teen sensation, approach is made

By Will Butcher

West Ham starlet Reece Oxford is attracting the interest of Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, according to a report.

Manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to Germany to watch the 17-year-old represent England at the under-19 European Championships.

The Daily Mirror have claimed that United are long-term admirers of Oxford, who can play in both defence and midfield.

It is said they have already made an approach for the teenager and are keeping close tabs on his situation.

The wonderkid has two years remaining on his contract at the Olympic Stadium but manager Slaven Bilic is desperate to keep his young star.

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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.

Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig made a £10million bid earlier this summer which was rejected by West Ham chiefs but United have not stopped in their pursuit of Oxford.

Oxford made 12 appearances in total for the East London outfit last season, and has already represented England at under-19 level.

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 news, Hammers fans have reacted to Gokhan Tore’s substantial loan fee.