Reece Oxford, who is on the radar of Manchester United and Manchester City, has reportedly agreed a contract extension at West Ham United.

ESPN have claimed that, as per their sources, Reece Oxford has agreed a new five-year deal to extend his stay at West Ham United. The player has been continuously courted by both the red and blue half of Manchester but is set to end the speculation surrounding his future by confirming a new five year-contract with the Hammers.

Reece Oxford is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in the country and many more clubs, apart from the Manchester duo, were also linked with interest in the 17-year-old. Oxford broke on to the scene with a debut in the 2-0 win over Arsenal on the first match-day of the 2015-16 campaign.

The teenager became the second youngest player to start a top-flight fixture in the Premier League. Oxford’s versatility also adds further value to his portfolio with the youngster able to play in the defence as well as the midfield with similar success.

An assured performance on a bold debut against a top side. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

An assured performance on a bold debut against a top side. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

The teenager then went on to appear in six more Premier League matches last season. And even though the player is yet to feature for Bilic’s side in the league in the present campaign, largely due to injuries, there are little doubts over Oxford’s potential.

West Ham have struggled, in large, perhaps with the expectations that come along with their shift to the grand 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium this season. There has been much speculation in the media as to whether Reece Oxford would be tempted to move to a bigger club, given the recent struggles of the Hammers and the lack of playing time.

But it looks like Oxford is set to put those speculations to rest by agreeing a long term five-year contract with the Hammers. The specifics of the deal have not been mentioned in the report but it has been revealed that the West Ham officials have managed to finally make Oxford commit after a long and drawn-out negotiation process.

The new five-year deal, though, is unlikely to deter the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, if they decide to pursue the player with real interest. For now, though, Hammers fans would be happy to hear the news of one of their brightest young superstars agreeing to extend his contract.

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