Many senior figures inside the club want the 16 year old to be given his chance during what remains of the season but that is very much in the hands of manager Sam Allardyce.
Some sources are telling ClaretandHugh there is a growing tension between Oxford’s supporters who want him fast-tracked into the first team and the managerial team who are unsure whether he’s ready.
However, senior figures at Chadwell Heath are convinced the youngster – who was wanted by Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea before signing a new Hammers deal – are convinced he will become a major part of the team next season.
As news broke this morning that the Hammers were planning a move for Swiss youngster Fabian Schar ClaretandHugh was told: “Many of us believe Reece Oxford is ready even though he’ll only be 17 next January.
“We are watching with interest to see if he gets a first team call-up. There are lots of decisions to be made and lots on hold but the situation surrounding Reece is being watched with particular interest.”