Manchester United target Reece Oxford is reportedly close to signing a new contract at West Ham United. Oxford who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford is set to sign a new five year contract at the hammers keeping him at the club until 2021.
The 17-year-old made his competitive debut for West Ham last year back in July 2015 and has since gone on to make fourteen appearances for the club in all competitions.
News of Oxford finally putting pen to paper on a new deal with the hammers will come as a huge blow to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who was reportedly set to make a move for the midfielder in the January transfer window.
At just seventeen years of age Oxford has already shown the maturity and ability needed to play at the highest level. Few players at that age have what it takes to make the break through Oxford has had especially in a league as tough as the Premier League. But in Oxford’s case, he has shown that he is more than capable of playing in the Premier League if given the chance.
With Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe already on board Mourinho already has a host of talented youngsters on his hands who will repersent Manchester United’s future and in Oxford he would have yet another promising young star.
The central of midfield has remained an area on the pitch that is yet to be fully addressed at Old Trafford and with Michael Carrick heading towards the latter stages of his footballing career Mourinho is need of a midfielder who can pass forward, protect the back four and maintain possession on the ball and in Oxford he would have had an ideal candidate. Unfortunately if the news that the 17-year-old is about to sign a new contract is true, then we all can forget signing the player, at least for now.