Report: Oxford poised to agree Irons deal


OxfordTeenage wonderkid Reece Oxford is close to committing his long term future to the Irons.

The sixteen-year-old is now recognised as one of the country’s major defensive talents and has already captained the England under-17 team.

And according to The Mail, Hammers negotiators are closing in on a deal which will keep him out of the arms as such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.

All have all shown a major interest in the teenager in recent months, leading to genuine fears from within West Ham that they could lose Oxford.

Indeed David Sullivan declared earlier in the summer: ‘It almost makes you give up on having an academy if they can come in and nick your best 15-year-old. What’s the point?.’

However, the Mail reports Oxford is now close to agreeing a new contract with the Hammers that will end  uncertainty over his future.

Talks over fresh terms have been ongoing for several weeks and the report claims a breakthrough has now been made that will see Oxford put pen to paper.

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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!"

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  • conkerpot says:

    Wow that is some seriously good and positive news then. Let’s hope it’s true eh!

  • Michael Miller says:

    Vaz Te to Fulham??

    He can warm their bench for a bit!

  • rugbyirons says:

    How many years till Oxford or Burke make their real debuts We are comfortably placed with only 3 centre halves so you can easily bench them and bring them in gently.better than wasting a bench spot for Nolan who surely won’t start again after his abject showing at Goodison.You can’t bang on about the future and the OS if you don’t bring our boys through too.

  • Roman says:

    You have to admit Allardyce hasn’t got any sort of track record bringing through the young players.If it wasn’t for the co chairman it would be the same old, same old championship squad trying to make it in the Premier League.I hope the Club can hold onto Oxford.I have also said before that Allardyce is not the progressive thinking manager we need at West Ham to take us forward.If I were a betting man I would bet on Swansea to get at least a point on Saturday.If we win I will take the flack.My gut tells me the wheels have come off the West Ham juggernaut.If the slide continues just see if Song or Valencia will want to stay around??

  • New606 says:

    This is great news, better than Reid signing if I had to make a choice between one or the other.

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    Wow! This is the best news. Please let us see him on the bench soon.

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