Manchester United tried to sign West Ham United’s Reece Oxford last season

by Robbie Dunne

Manchester United were just one of a number of top clubs who tried to sign Reece Oxford from West Ham last season, according to a recent report.

The 16-year-old monopolised much of the talk on the opening weekend of the season as he put in a performance that a seasoned veteran would be proud of during West Ham’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

The youngster signed a professional contract with West Ham in January but United, Arsenal and Liverpool were all reportedly interested in snapping up the amateur before he committed to the Hammers last season.

Oxford decided to stick with West Ham based on their track record of nurturing academy talent and felt as though he was better off staying at West Ham where he might get a chance to break into their first team sooner rather than later.

That decision he made in the middle of last year is turning out to be the correct one as he became the second youngest player to ever feature in a Premier League game last weekend. He did it with such unnerving calm that he is sure to garner plenty of interest in the next few transfer windows.

United have since figured out their own midfield problems for the foreseeable future but a player of Oxford’s ability at such a young age is always going to be something that takes the top club’s interest.

By the looks of things, Oxford, has made a wise choice by staying at West Ham and is now firmly in the spotlight for the rest of the season provided he continues where he left off last weekend.

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