Manchester United favourites to sign West Ham starlet

Manchester United are favourites to sign West Ham United’s youngster Reece Oxford, according to a report in the Sun.

United scouts reportedly watched over the 17-year-old in the Hammers’ Under-21 Cup win over Hull on Wednesday. The Red Devils are reportedly interested in signing the highly-rated youngster and are planning a summer bid for him.

Oxford rose to prominence after impressing in his senior debut against Arsenal on the opening day of the season. He played a key role in the game for his team as they caused an upset by defeating the Gunners 2-0 at Emirates Stadium. In total, he has made six league appearances for the Hammers this season.

Arsenal and Manchester City are other clubs that are reportedly interested in the youngster. The Gunners have been previously linked with a £10 million move for the player. However, the Sun claims that United are currently in the driving seat to sign the player.

Oxford signed a two-year deal with the Hammers at the start of the current season and the London club are expected to do everything in their power to keep hold of their prized asset.

“He is the highest-paid 17-year-old in the history of the club and has the highest signing-on fee of any 17-year-old who has ever been here,” Hammers co-chairman David Gold said earlier this season.

“He signed for two years at the age of 17 and that’s the maximum length allowed. That can make a club who has invested in and developed a player very vulnerable and it can make you worry.

“But we are optimistic he will be here for a long time. We will keep him. He is an exceptional talent.”

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