Reece Oxford is in line for a season-long loan to Newcastle United in the Championship according to the Sun newspaper.
The 17-year-old has been linked with transfers to Manchester United , Manchester City and Arsenal in the past, but is now touted for a move to the relegated Magpies.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez si claimed to want the England Under-19 international to play a key role in their push for promotion next season.
Oxford may find his first-team prospects limited in the first season at the Olympic Stadium next term and this could be just the step up he needs to further his West Ham career.
Newcastle reportedly believe he would be a regular starter for them.
At the end of May Reece posted “Gutted to not be able to travel with the England squad due to injury but I’ll be back fit and ready for the season ahead” The England U18’s lost 2-0 to South Korea in Early June.
He is currently on holiday in Cyprus before he returns to pre-season training.
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Hope this is true, make him sign a new contract first then a season with Rafa in front of big crowds and hopefully he can push for a first team slot the next season, plus we should get a decent sized loan fee.
agreed, this could be the making of the lad.
New contract first or sell him before we get nothing for him,
Good deal for him a 5 year contract and 1 year playing every game if he can prove to Rafa he is good enough,
I agree that we should secure him on a long contract, then loan him out to the Championship.
HOWEVER, I think Newcastle is the wrong club. He would just sit on the bench all season; no good for his development. I reckon a team lower in the table where he will get lots of game time; maybe a gritty Northern team like Huddersfield or Rotherham who would be grateful to have a classy youngster…(in the same way Bradford were with Burke in the 1st Div…)…BUT, maybe Burke is ready for a challenge like Newcastle…
Newcastle have let some players go, I don’t think they will send him there to stay on the bench, besides he is a quality player and more than good enough for the championship especially in a team that is likely to dominate the league, so probably he will have less defending to do than in some other teams and will be playing / training with better quality which should help him sustain a higher level and adjust more easilly to the PL when it is time for him to step up.
Newcastle is a long way from home for the boy and homesickness could be a problem, he should be eased into our team this season not sent up there and maybe help Newcastle get promotion, it’s a long hard slog in the Championship and Rafa may not be the manager to get them up and with Mike Ashley as the club owner who knows what could happen if things don’t go well….