Tuesday 12 December 2017

Manchester City make official approach for West Ham starlet Reece Oxford

West Ham United's Reece Oxford is the subject of speculation
West Ham United's Reece Oxford is the subject of speculation

Chris Bascombe

Manchester City have made a formal approach to sign West Ham United's teenage star Reece Oxford.

Contact was made last night for the 17-year-old who made such a huge impression on the Premier League last season.

Pep Guardiola's scouts have been watching Oxford during the recent Under 19 European Championships.

Several rival Premier League clubs are also monitoring the situation, but now City have solidified their interest with a direct approach for the youngster. 

Oxford has only two years remaining on his Hammers deal, alerting numerous clubs to his uncertain future. 

A £10 million bid from Bundesliga's Red Bull Leipzig was rebuffed earlier in the summer, so City are sure to have to offer considerably more to make the move happen. 

The first official contact by City has put that train in motion. West Ham must now decide whether to cash in on one of their most promising talents or propose a significant improvement in his current terms. 

Symbolically, it would be a huge setback for West Ham to lose Oxford who became the youngest player in the club's history last August. He is also the second youngest Premier League starter in history. 

He began last season in the first team, aged 16, with an extraordinarily mature performance in a victory away at Arsenal. 

He has been at West Ham since Under 13 level, hoping to be next graduate of the club's famed Academy. 

Now it is City and Guardiola who want to oversee this progress.


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