Manchester United are keeping tabs on West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford, according to reports.
Oxford, 17, starred in West Ham U21s’ Cup Final victory over Hull City last week and he impressed while featuring for the first team at the start of the season.
The defender, who can also play in midfield, is enjoying a growing reputation and Man United have sent scouts to watch him in an attempt to beat Arsenal and Manchester City to his signature should he decide to leave the Hammers.
United have made an effort to bolster their youth ranks in recent years, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay all coming to the club. Meanwhile, Benfica’s Renato Sanches, 18, has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
At a lower level, players such as Indy Boonen and Matthew Olosunde have been added to the youth ranks.
United have shown down the years that they are willing to hand opportunities to youngsters if they are good enough. Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford, for instance, have made the step up this term. This may come into Oxford’s thinking if he does to decide to move on to pastures new.