Manchester United close in on £15m defender

Manchester United look set to make a move for the West Ham prodigy. The 17 year old is hinting he isn’t interested in signing a new deal with the Hammers.

Reece Oxford burst onto the scene last season and attracted interest from Manchester United and several other big clubs.

Also in pursuit of the the talented defender, is Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. This will no doubt only spur Jose Mourinho on as he hopes to complete a deal for the youngster before the end of the season.

There was plenty of talk of a move being made last summer but neither side could agree preliminary terms. No deal materialized.

The London-born ladies a towering figure and can also play as a central midfielder. He’s taken to twitter to rubbish reports that a new deal with West Ham is nearing.

Having seen the reports, the 17-year-old tweeted: ‘Been hearing some funny stuff recently’.

Should Manchester United even be looking out of house?

There is a lot of young talent coming through the ranks at Old Trafford. Cameron Bothwick-Jackson is currently gaining first team experience at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Manchester-born 19-year old defender,  is hotly tipped as a star for the future and expected to return to the Red Devils with sights set on a first team place.

Also fighting for a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans is Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The Dutch 18 -year old, who is valued in the region of £15 million by the Hammers, is impressing the Portuguese manager and a long term deal is being drafted for the very talented defender.

If you add Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly to this list you get an average age of 20 years old!! With Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia adding experience. There is a good argument that Mourinho should be focusing on the players that he has at his disposal.

But would Oxford be an asset?

Young raw talent is never a bad thing to have. There’s nowhere better to future talent than the Theatre of Dreams. So yes, bringing Reece Oxford to Manchester United would be good for the team and the player. When you have a great crop of young talent competing for places, everyone performs better.

Look at the ‘class of 92’ and all they accomplished. United fans can only dream of ever seeing talent like that again. If Jose Mourinho wants to build a team for the future by securing the best young players, I’m on board.

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