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Hammers map out defender’s future



West Ham have no plans to recall Reece Burke from loan duty next season and are hoping that the likely Bradford City Player of the Year will remain at Bradford City as a Championship performer.

Reece is the overwhelming favourite to become the League One team’s player of the year but with Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, James Tomkins and James Collins in front of him, and Reece Oxford still on the squad fringes, Burke will need to wait his turn.

That is likely to come at the start of the 2017/18 season when James Collins comes to the end of a new contract.

The Hammers hope Burke can get a season at Championship level and want City to cement their place in the play off places over the next two games and go on to snatch a place at the higher level.

A well placed insider told ClaretandHugh: “Like everybody else we have heard and seen the reports and Reece has had an astonishingly good season up there.

“We are delighted with the progress he has made and ideally would like him to stay there as a Championship player because he’s clearly loved to bits by the fans and playing at a club where he is such a favourite can only help his confidence.”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Hammers map out defender’s future

  1. Does not make sense,
    Last year he played some games for us at the end of the season and looked good in all but one game,
    Reid and Tomkins have not looked good enough if we are going to improve next year,
    So it’s spend £15 million on a good partner for Ogbonna to make us a top 4 team,
    Let the other 2 go to cover the cost, Ginge as backup and then Burke and Oxford to come through over next season,
    We don’t have the luxury as none of the top teams to build over 2-5 years or we will become another also runs team,
    The DIffrence this season is the Spuds and Leicester have the best defensive teams,
    Chelski did the season before,
    We have now got a front row and midfield to equal the other teams,but not our defence
    Love Tomo but just a back up now across the back,
    Reid is to inconsistent
    Ginge is to old SORRY GINGE
    Big decision to make of Burke is not good enough now or Henry then they should be sold at a profit now
    Oxford has a couple of more years yet to improve
    Sign of the times step up or ship out

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