Man United have reportedly been alerted by the news that West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford’s contract talks with the club have stalled.
The 17-year-old has just 18 months remaining on his current deal and given that negotiations are said to have been going on for months now, concern is growing for the Hammers.
According to ESPN FC, United are keeping a close eye on matters and will make their move if the contract situation is not resolved, although they will face competition from Man City who are also tracking the teenager.
Oxford made the headlines last season after becoming the club’s youngest ever player after making his debut in a Europa League qualifier at the age of 16 years and 198 days.
Further, he made a huge impression in his first Premier League start, helping West Ham to a win over Arsenal last August as he became the second youngest player to start in the English top flight.
In contrast, it hasn’t worked out quite as well so far this season as he’s been limited to just two appearances in Europe and has failed to feature in the Premier League.
Whether or not that’s part of the problem in contract talks in unclear, as having made such an impact, he’ll be desperate to prove what he can offer on a more regular basis for Slaven Bilic’s side.
Nevertheless, the Hammers could now have a difficult situation on their hands. While they won’t want to lose Oxford, if they are unable to reach a deal with the starlet, then they will be equally as keen to avoid losing him for nothing.
In turn, if it becomes apparent that a new contract won’t be signed, then both United and City will be ready to pounce and prise him away from the London Stadium.