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Let this young man concentrate on his game

OxfordReece Oxford is a very nice young man whose life is totally focused on football and becoming the best he can be.

So excuse me if I get very angry indeed at the reports I read that HE is “keen to return to the negotiating table and thrash out new terms” with West Ham.

This is what I’m reading this morning in the national media in a story which goes on to say that this is linked to the fact that he only has two years left on his contract….ONLY TWO YEARS? – WHAT?

Rumours surrounding Oxford have been going on for months . You would think that he is the only great young player in the country given the publicity his contract position appears to be creating.

In the very final paragraph of the story we learn however that in fact it is his representatives who feel he deserves a contract reflecting that he has been valued at £15 million.

But hold on a minute, there has been no bid as West  Ham have regularly made clear to ClaretandHugh.

So what we have here is a ficticious figure of £15 million being attached to a player – who has yet to make his serious breakthrough – by agents who wittingly or unwittingly ensure that Reece is seen as a money grabber.

His life is football – there’s is business. Let’s not confuse the two.

We were told categorically again this morning by a West Ham insider: “We will not be rushed into talks. There’s no reason to do this given he still has two years on his deal. It will be dealt with but not right now.”

So my advice to his advisors if indeed they are respobsible is letthis young man concentrate on his game. His time will come but it is certainly not NOW!

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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

4 comments on “Let this young man concentrate on his game

  1. Unfortunately Hugh there will always be vultures and unsettlers , the media journals who favour other clubs play their part to , to try to disrupt and cause mallice ! Sad *******s really. Free press and all that jazz !!

  2. We are letting get on with life but it’s Slav you need to make the point of telling he needs to play not warm his shorts to concentrate on his football,
    We all want him to play and stay it’s the press and his agent that causes the problems, and they know the fans will react,
    Hope he is on the field on Thursday

  3. well said Hugh.
    I think we all need these regular updates to kill the story when it arises. Just so there is no confusion and worry.

  4. What difference does it make? We tied up James Tomkins on a nice long new five year contract only last year. These contracts are not worth the paper they’re written on anyway.

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