West Ham United are ready to offer Reece Burke a bumper new contract worth £4,000-a-week to stop Premier League sharks circling around the teenage defender, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Burke only turned 18 a fortnight ago but tremendous development has alerted a string of top scouts to his talent, a calm, assured young central defender with the raw talent to continue his strong current rate of progression.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce clearly agrees and has already used Burke in competitive action this season, with the Daily Mail's Rob Shepherd reporting today that the academy graduate has now been deemed worthy of improved terms.
English talent now at a premium
With Burke now an established member of the England Under-18 squad and fighting for further recognition at West Ham it's hardly surprising that the Premier League leading lights are watching with interest, thanks to a lack of homegrown talet in key areas.
Rules over quotas surrounding domestic-based players have driven up the prices of top young talent, just look at the £16m Arsenal shelled out for a similar player in Calum Chambers, who like Burke is powerful and can play on the right side if required.
Chelsea and Man Unired have also asked to be kept informed of his progress but West Ham are increasingly confident that their pretty sizeable salary offer will be enough to keep Burke in East London, for now at least.
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