Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all lining up to make a move for West Ham wonderkid Reece Burke, according to the Daily Star.
Burke is not yet a member of the first team squad at Upton Park, but has impressed sufficiently at youth level to attract the interest of some of England's biggest clubs. He is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League but featured for the Hammers last season in their 5-0 FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest, and also played in their recent Capital One Cup loss against Sheffield United.
Despite being on the losing side in both games, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are keen on him, although West Ham would like to fend off their interest by handing him a new deal.
Chelsea and Arsenal may look to muscle in on the Red Devils' move for Burke, who is a centre-back by trade.
There appears to be a lot of interest in young players at West Ham - who have a reputation for producing young English talent - in recent months. 15-year-old Reece Oxford has been linked with a move to Manchester United, although once again West Ham are hoping to tie him down to a new deal in order to ensure he doesn't end up at Old Trafford.
Oscar Borg is another youngster who has been linked with Manchester United, and has been dubbed the 'new Gareth Bale'. Reports suggest he could have ended up at Old Trafford but a compensation figure wasn't agreed and the move fell through.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United attempts to steal West Ham's best youngsters has left owner David Sullivan frustrated. He said recently: "It almost makes you give up on having an academy if they can come in and nick your best 15-year-old. What's the point?"
While all clubs will have one eye on the January transfer window, for now their focus is on getting into the swing of things following the international break.
Manchester United got their first win under boss Louis van Gaal against QPR at Old Trafford yesterday, while Chelsea blew away early pace-setters Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal meanwhile battled to a hard-fought point against Manchester City on Saturday.
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