Newly promoted Red Bull Leipzig want to make West Ham's Reece Oxford their first summer signing as they prepare for life in the Bundesliga.
Sky Sports have reported that the in demand Oxford has been offered a £20,000-a-week contract at Leipzig, who have a reputation in Germany for their development of young players and new-found financial clout.
Reports suggest however, the 17-year-old is keen to remain in England and would probably prefer a move to Liverpool or Manchester United, who are both said to be interested in his signature.
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Interest in the versatile defender, who can play comfortably at holding midfield, has also been considered by Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez would like Oxford on loan next season to help aid his side's Premier League promotion push.
Oxford rejected a contract extension last month, with his current deal set to expire in 2018. It is thought a sum of over £10 million will be needed for West Ham to sell their star of the future.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will be keen to keep hold of his up and coming talent, having already strengthened his side this summer with the signing of Sofiane Feghouli.
Bilic gave Oxford his professional debut against Arsenal on the opening game of last season and West Ham went on to win 2-0. The London-born teenager flourished and greatly enhanced his reputation, keeping Mesut Ozil out of the game. He finished the campaign with 12 appearances under his belt
Oxford has represented England at U16, 17, 18 and 19 level and joined West Ham's academy having been released by rivals Tottenham in 2011.
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