By Alex Demarco

Reece Oxford has rubbished reports claiming he’s close to signing a new deal with West Ham United, according to The Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old wonderkid has repeatedly been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in the past, with Manchester United rumoured to be at the head of the queue for his signature.

Widely considered to be one of England’s brightest prospects, Oxford won’t have a shortage of options should he choose to leave east London, with Manchester City and Arsenal also thought to be monitoring his situation.

Often compared to former Hammer Rio Ferdinand, the youngster made his Premier League debut on the opening day of last season, putting in a commanding performance at the Emirates Stadium in a 2-0 win against Arsenal.

Since then, interest in the defender has rocketed, which prompted West Ham to seek to extend the England Under-20 international’s contract.

However, earlier this week, Oxford seemed to distance himself from reports that a deal had been reached on social media.

The Daily Mail claim negotiations began over the summer, with the West Ham board unable to reach an agreement with the youngster.

Even though talks are unlikely to be concluded any time soon, the academy graduate is thought to be calm about the situation, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2018.


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