West Ham youngster Reece Oxford wants first team football next season, after he broke into the West Ham side last season but played only 12 games and wants to improve his game by possibly going out on loan next season and it seems that Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are reported to be leading the way.
Newcastle seem to be in a strong position to take the 17 year-old center-back on loan for the season, with West Ham seemingly only too willing to loan out their top youngster and let Rafa Benitez coach him for a season in the Championship.
Reece Oxford – 17 year-old West Ham defender
Manchester United, Arsenal and maybe Newcastle are trying to buy him, but it seems Reece is wary that if he goes to a big club like the Red Devils or the Gunners he will not get the playing time he craves.
The Sun reported yesterday that Newcastle were in prime position to get the youngster to Newcastle.
But we had thought the main center-back pairing would be Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba for next season, so if Reece does arrive it will be interesting to see where Rafa sees him playing.
The 6ft 3ins tall Reece can also play in defensive midfield, so maybe that’s the position Rafa sees him playing in next season for Newcastle – or even in one of the full back positions?
Oxford made his debut for West Ham when he was only 16 years and 198 days, making him the club’s youngest ever player, so he is a bit of a whiz kid and certainly one of the top young players in England having played at the U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels for England.
With first team training starting a week on Tuesday, Rafa wants to make his first signing before then and it could be a season long loan deal for the lad who turns 18 in December.
We doubt there will be an option to buy in the loan contract – but certainly a player like Reece is one Rafa would be very keen to sign permanently – especially if he shines for Newcastle next season.
This is always assuming the report in the Sun has some truth to it.