Liverpool join Manchester United in race for Reece Oxford

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Liverpool have joined the race for West Ham United wonderkid Reece Oxford, reports The Mirror.

The 17-year-old is one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League and is believed to be available for £10million after contract talks between him and the Hammers broke down.

Oxford was the subject of an approach from Anfield last summer before he had even made his senior debut at Upton Park and now Liverpool are readying another attempt. 

Manchester United and City are already fighting for his signature while Arsenal have also been linked with an interest in recent months.

However, Jurgen Klopp believes his big reputation for giving young players a chance to flourish in the senior squad will stand Liverpool in better stead to win this transfer race.

Quick turnaround

The midfielder, who can also play in defence, is reportedly keen to get his future sorted out before he travels to Mexico with the England Under-19 squad next week. That means Liverpool will need to act fast or may be left waiting until the very end of the summer.

Indeed, Aidy Boothroyd's youth side will take part in the junior Euros in Germany next month and there will be little time between the two games in Central America and the competition to talk transfers.

Youth policy

Klopp has a big reputation for bringing young stars through the youth system having previously done it with Bundesliga outfits Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. In his first eight months at Anfield, he gave chances to the likes of Sergi Canos, Sheyi Ojo and Cameron Brannagan.

In comparison, Manchester United are about to hire Jose Mourinho who has exactly the opposite reputation to Kopp. The Special One has famously championed experience over youth in his career, only handing opportunities to the very, very best teenagers in his time. 


However, Klopp will have to talk Oxford down from his demands as it has been claimed that he is seeking £40,000-a-week and a £1m signing on fee. That is exactly why contract talks with Slaven Bilic have stalled and why West Ham are now looking to sell.

It is a lot of money to pay for a teenager who has made just a handful of senior appearances in his young career and surely points towards a distracted mind. But so big is his talent and so valuable his versatility, the race is well and truly on between England's biggest clubs.

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