Thursday 29 September 2016

West Ham's Reece Oxford watched by Man United scouts with Arsenal and City interested

Jack de Menezes

Published 07/05/2016 | 14:21

Reece Oxford celebrates leading West Ham to Under-21s Cup glory Getty
Reece Oxford celebrates leading West Ham to Under-21s Cup glory Getty

Manchester United are keeping a close eye on West Ham prospect Reece Oxford after sending scouts to watch the young England youth international in a bid to beat Arsenal and Manchester City to his signature, should he decide to leave the Hammers.

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Oxford starred in West Ham Under-21s Cup Final victory over Hull City in midweek and, having already made an impression on the Premier League following his debut at the start of the season, enjoys a growing reputation as a future star in English football.

According to The Sun, United are interested in signing the 17-year-old in order to add to their core of young home-grown talent, but should they make a move for the midfielder in the summer they could face competition from both Arsenal and City.

Arsenal have been keeping Oxford among their players of interest since he impressed in the defeat of the Gunners at the start of the season, and his ability to also play in defence would meet manager Arsene Wenger’s preference to add versatile players to his squad. With Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky all set to leave the Emirates this summer, the club need to strengthen in midfield, but Oxford is by no means a definite signing.

United are also set to add to their midfield with Michael Carrick out of contract and unsure of his future, given a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal as manager – should he be sacked – could choose to offer the veteran midfielder a new deal. Marouane Fellaini is also reported to be heading for the exit, with interest coming from Italian side Roma.

City’s interest could well depend on what incoming manager Pep Guardiola has planned for the club, but they are believed to have been watching Oxford since he made his Premier League bow and would consider moving for the West Ham youngster in a bid to improve their English contingent to meet Uefa’s home-grown quota.

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