Reports: West Ham close to agreeing deal with £18m-rated ace, contract to be five years
By Harry Sykes
Reece Oxford is poised to deliver a blow to his suitors by signing a five-year contract at West Ham, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the 17-year-old is set to put pen to paper on a new deal to end uncertainty about his future following protracted negotiations with the east London club.
It is said that Manchester United and Manchester City have both been keen on Oxford, who is being tipped as a future England international.
Oxford’s existing deal is due to expire in 2018, which left the Hammers open to Oxford leaving on a Bosman transfer at the end of next season, though they would have been due compensation.
But he is now ready to end speculation over his future by signing a new long-term contract.
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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 midfield and central defence.
A product of the club’s academy, Oxford first broke onto the scene during the 2015-16 season, when he put in an impressive display in the 2-0 opening day win at Arsenal.
Oxford, who is currently recovering from an ankle ligament injury sustained during training, has made only two Europa League qualifier appearances this term.
He played 14 Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup games last season, but he is yet to score a goal or provide an assist.
The Hammers are currently struggling in the Premier League as they are hovering above the relegation zone with 11 points from 11 games.
In other West Ham transfer news, reports suggest that this £125,000-a-week star is set to stay with the east London club.