West Ham prepare contract talks with £15m star after Tottenham send scouts to watch him - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham will hold talks over a new deal with defender Reece Oxford when he returns from England Under-19 duty, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the 17-year-old, who has two years left to run on his contract, is a wanted man and the Hammers are keen to tie him down on a long-term deal.
German side Red Bull Leipzig have already had a £10million bid rejected by West Ham’s owners and it was reported on Sunday that Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City had sent representatives to watch Oxford in the Under-19’s European Championships.
Oxford played the entire 90 minutes of England’s 2-1 win in Germany against the Netherlands which secured his team a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.
It is understood that United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on the youngster and is preparing to step up a bid to take him to Old Trafford after the Sun reported earlier this summer that United had tabled an offer worth up to £15million.
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Oxford captained West Ham’s Under-21s side to Premier League Cup glory last season 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.
It is reported that the promising defender has already rejected a new bumper deal from the Hammers worth £12,000-a-week in wages.
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.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are close to announcing two new signings after having bids accepted.