West Ham’s Oxford is being watched closely by the Gunners.
Arsenal are closely following the progress of West Ham United wonderkid Reece Oxford who is being tipped for big things having already impressed at youth level, according to the Mirror.
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The 15-year-old has been fast-tracked to the Hammers’ Under-21s side despite his age and impressed in his latest outing against Sunderland on Monday – a game that scouts from the Emirates Stadium were watching.
Oxford is developing nicely in East London and also captained the England Under-17s side at this summer’s Nordic Under-17 tournament in Denmark.
The teenager plays as a centre-back currently and West Ham are understandably keen to hold onto one of their most promising talents and have offered him a bumper contract to try and ensure that.
As yet Oxford has not committed to anything at Upton Park though and with Chelsea also showing interest the chances of Sam Allardyce holding onto the starlet are growing increasingly slim.
The defender is being compared to another Englishman who made a name for himself at the club, Rio Ferdinand, with the QPR star being recognised as one of the best in the world in his position during 12 years with Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger has previous when it comes to acquiring talent from West Ham, with another youngster Ben Sheaf being snapped up in recent times.