The Times have a major transfer story this Friday as the broadsheet, who usually steer clear of baseless transfer tittle-tattle, report that Manchester United are planning an £8m bid for West Ham teenage starlet Reece Oxford.
Oxford became a household name on the opening day of the Premier League season when the 16-year-old schoolboy was handed a shock starting berth by Slaven Bilic away at Arsenal.
Not only did West Ham win that match, but Reece Oxford had an outstanding match in midfield. Indeed, he was credited with putting Mesut Ozil in his back pocket: something very few Premier League players can claim to doing this season.
Now Man United are set to pounce.
The 16-year-old centre back is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year contract at Upton Park when he turns 17 this month, but the club are unable to tie him down for any longer because of FA rules preventing players under the age of 18 from signing three-year deals.
West Ham are determined to keep hold of the teenager… [but] Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on Oxford as they seek to add home-grown players to their squads, but United are likely to make the first move.
United are tipped to make an £8m bid for Reece Oxford this January, which is expected to be knocked back by the Irons. That could spark a transfer war this summer as United are reportedly headstrong on signing the English starlet.
The Times also note that United first tried to sign Oxford last season too.