Manchester United are leading the race for teenage defender Reece Oxford - but Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen on the player.
At 15-years-old, the England youth international is making a big name for himself at West Ham United, and has already represented the under-18 side at Upton Park.
Whether the Hammers can keep hold of the prodigious talent remains to be seen however, as some of the nation’s top clubs begin to show an interest in the player.
And, the Daily Mail claims Sam Allardyce will give the youngster more senior opportunities after training with the first team.
Manchester United interest
The same paper goes on to report it’s Manchester United who are leading the race for the player, as Louis van Gaal builds for the future at Old Trafford following his appointment.
Van Gaal has already made his mark on the Red Devils this summer, signing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for significant sums of money. Whilst Oxford would come at a much lesser fee - presumably via a tribunal hearing - his arrival would be a significant coup for the club.
Despite their decline following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, this would show that the club still has plenty of pulling power when it comes to young players, and whilst the Young Lion wouldn’t be near the Manchester United first-team just yet, it could be a signing with significant long-term benefits.
That would explain why other clubs are interested in securing his signature, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger another one of those pursuing the player.
The Frenchman has a track record of getting the best out of young players in north London, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott arriving as teenagers and going on to become first team regulars for the Gunners.
If Oxford can be lured to the Emirates Stadium, then Arsenal will hope it’s a similar situation with this teenager.
Chelsea have fewer examples of players moving through the youth ranks to the first team, but that doesn’t mean their academy isn’t one of the best around, having won the FA Youth Cup last season.
Oxford would also bring future Financial Fair Play benefits with him if he were to arrive at Stamford Bridge, something Blues boss Jose Mourinho is likely to be considering given the plethora of foreign stars plying their trade in west London.
Again, the teenager wouldn’t be in first team contention at Chelsea just yet, but he would appear to be one for the future and any club that signs him is sure to be a happy one.
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