Manchester United to scout Reece Oxford this week

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Reece Oxford could have a big decision to make the summer with plenty of big clubs registering their interest in signing the 17-year-old from West Ham this summer.

German side Red Bull Leipzig have already had a £10 million offer rejected and it is highly unlikely that will be the only bid manager Slaven Bilic will have to fend off before the transfer window closes in September.

One club who are now stepping up their interest in the English youngster is Manchester United, according to The Mirror.

Oxford is set to feature for England under 19's at the European Championships in Germany against Holland on Friday and Jose Mourinho has dispatched his scouts to monitor his performance.

Last week, Mourinho claimed to expect his new club to make four signings this summer, with £100 million-rated Paul Pogba widely presumed to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly at Old Trafford but signing Oxford could represent a bonus addition for the Man United boss.

The 17-year-old's current contract expires in 2018 and he only made his first team debut at the start of last season, going on to accumulate seven Premier League appearances and two more in the FA Cup over the course of the campaign.

West Ham are unlikely to loosen their grip on Oxford easily, particularly given their reluctance to sell star man Dimitri Payet, and chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are keen to ensure the Hammers' first season in the Olympic Stadium will be one to remember.

But if United's pursuit of Pogba is anything to go by, they will not be deterred by any price Gold and Sullivan put on the defender.

Aidy Boothroyd's under-19-side will face France today in their opening match of the tournament before games against Holland and Croatia to complete the group stage. Hopefully, Oxford and Co. have learned from the senior side's disappointment in France this summer to put up a stronger fight in the competition.

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