West Ham give rivals hope by failing to get Reece Oxford to sign a new deal

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have received a welcome boost in their pursuit of a youngster labeled the ‘next Rio Ferdinand’, as West Ham United have been unable to agree a new deal with the highly rated youngster.

Reece Oxford is considered to be one of the most promising youth prospects currently at the Hammers and they are desperate to secure his long-term future, but have been unable to come to an agreement over a professional contact, according to the Daily Star.

Being called the ‘next Rio Ferdinand’ is quite an accolade for Oxford

This failure to get a contract signed will come as a host to Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, as the report claims the trio of Premier League giants would be very keen to get the opportunity to snap up the 15-year-old defender.

Arsene Wenger has already seen his club benefit from the success West Ham have in their youth academy, as the report claims that Arsenal lured another highly-rated youngster to Emirates Stadium this summer, in the form of midfielder Ben Sheaf.

Being called the ‘next Rio Ferdinand’ is quite an accolade for Oxford, who is yet to make a first team appearance, as the former England defender is probably one of the most successful products of the Hammers’ production line.

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After leaving to join Leeds United, Ferdinand eventually moved to Manchester United and became one of the world’s leading centre-backs, winning numerous trophies in the process.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have changed transfer strategy in the last couple of years to move towards complying with UEFA Financial Fair Play guidelines, and Oxford wouldn’t be the first talented teenager picked up for the Stamford Bridge academy.

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