English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to pounce on West Ham United’s Reece Oxford to prize the player away. The England wonderkid has stalled his contract negotiation talks with The Hammers.
West Ham United and Oxford have been talking over a new contract for several months now. However, both the parties are still unable to agree terms over a new deal, thus leaving the teenager on the verge of leaving the London Stadium, as reported by ESPN.
The 17-year-old currently has 18 months left on his deal with West Ham. The London based club will risk losing the player for nothing in the future if they are unable to agree a deal for an extension, according to Metro.
Oxford, who is a center-back as well as a defensive midfielder, has been touted as the next big thing in English football. The player broke into West Ham’s first-team at the start of last season. He became the cub’s youngest player to make his debut at the age of 16 years and 198 days. He featured in The Hammers’ Europa League qualifying match against FC Lusitanos.
The player made his English Premier League (EPL) debut against Arsenal. With this, he became the second youngest player to feature in England’s premier football club competition.
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Despite his positive start at the club, Oxford has just made two appearances in the Europa League qualifiers for West Ham this season. He is yet to feature in the Premier League.
West Ham has had a poor start to their campaign. They have already conceded 16 goals in six games in the Premier League. 11 of those 16 goals have come in their last three matches. Despite the defensive turmoil, Oxford has not been looked up to by manager Slaven Bilić until now.
Both United and City are strongly linked with the player. They are currently monitoring the contract situation between Oxford and West Ham. If the situation is not resolved, both the clubs will step up their interest in the player and will fight for his capture.
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