Mourinho sanctions first big transfer as club table £15m bid for West Ham star - report
By Coral Barry
Manchester United have submitted a bid worth up to £15million for West Ham’s Reece Oxford, according to a report.
Oxford has reportedly been attracting the attentions of United for quite some time, but the Manchester club were believed to be stalling on making their move as they waited to reshuffle their managerial situation.
Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new United boss and his first major transfer move seems to have been to sanction the move for Oxford, as the Sun claim the Red Devils have now tabled a concrete offer.
However, it now seems that Mourinho is keen on the promising defender, who has already rejected a new bumper deal from the Hammers worth £12,000-a-week in wages.
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Oxford captained West Ham’s Under-21s side to Premier League Cup glory this campaign and was the star of the show when the Hammers beat Arsenal on the opening day of the season, but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team since then.
The 17-year-old still has two more years to run on his current contract at West Ham and United’s initial offer is £10million rising to a potential £15million if the defender meets certain performance related expectations at Old Trafford.
The centre-back is reportedly unhappy with the amount of playing time he received from the Hammers and his agent Aidy Ward, the same man who handles Raheem Sterling’s affairs, has been pushing for a better deal.
Oxford would also receive a substantial rise in wages if he opted for United and made just two more starts in the league after he burst onto the scene in August.