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14th Dec, 2016 | 10:38pm

West Ham tie up five-year deal for defender - report

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham defender starlet Reece Oxford has signed a new five-year-deal at the London Stadium, according to a report.

The Sun claim that the 17-year-old has extended his deal until 2021, snubbing interest from Manchester City and Manchester United in the process.

It is stated that the Hammers will officially announce the ending of the long drawn out saga on the player’s 18th birthday this Friday.

The bright prospect’s future at the club has been in doubt since the summer with the two cash-rich Manchester sides monitoring his contract situation.

His deal was set to run out in 2019, but the Sun reported earlier in the year that he was growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities at the Hammers.

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However, it is claimed that Slaven Bilic has now convinced the England Under-20 international that his future lies in east London.

The former Tottenham youth player has not appeared in the West Ham senior team since August’s Europa League match against Astra Giurgiu.

The encounter marked only his second appearance of the campaign for the struggling Hammers, but he has played in 16 fixtures in total.

He will now be seeking more game time at the club with his future now settled.

Football Insider verdict:

This could prove a very crucial signing for West Ham in a so far disappointing campaign. The defender has not yet established himself in the Hammers back line, but many believe he could follow in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand. There is no doubt that he would have been disappointed with how the previous year has gone following the hype of his man-of-the-match debut against Arsenal in last season’s opener. However, he must now kick on and there’s every chance for him to get some vital match time in a struggling West Ham back four. The fact that the two Manchester clubs were interested in him only signifies how far the youngster can go in football.

In other West Ham transfer news, here are three reasons why the Hammers should sign this Bournemouth 25-year-old in January.