West Ham wonderkid to deliver £15m Mourinho snub, new deal to be signed imminently - club insider report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Teen sensation Reece Oxford is set to snub Manchester United and sign a new West Ham deal, according to a report.
The Sun reported on Tuesday night that United have have submitted a bid worth up to £15million for 17-year-old Oxford.
The teenage defender 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 switch managers.
Jose Mourinho was announced as the new United boss at the end of last week and his first major transfer move seems to have been to sanction the push for Oxford.
It is reported that the promising defender has already rejected a new bumper deal from the Hammers worth £12,000-a-week in wages.
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Now a columnist called the Insider has claimed on the official West Ham website that the club are hopeful the youngster will imminently sign a new deal.
“The media have been speculating over the future of promising England U19 international Reece Oxford, with Manchester United among the clubs rumoured to be interested in securing the 17-year-old’s services,” wrote the Insider.
“The Insider has been told that West Ham have no intention of allowing Oxford to leave and are hopeful that the teenager will sign a new long-term contract in the near future.
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 youngster still has two more years to run on his current contract at West Ham and United’s initial offer is said to be £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.