West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has said today that either 19 year-old Reece Burke or 17 year-old Reece Oxford will leave the club on loan before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
And since Newcastle had a reported interested in both players earlier this summer, especially in Oxford, we suppose there’s a chance that Rafa could make a move for one of them to come in on loan for the season.
Reece Oxford 17 year-old West Ham defender
BILIC: “Oxford or Burke – one of them will probably stay here with us and one will go out on loan.”
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 26, 2016
However, Rafa doesn’t seem to like to bring in young players without an option to buy – and we don’t think there’s any way that West Ham want to let either youngster leave the club anytime soon.
Burke can play at center-back or right-back and Oxford can play at center-back or defensive midfield, so perhaps Oxford would be better suited?
Both stand around 6ft 3ins tall – they build them tall these days.
Reece Burke – 19 year-old West Ham defender
Burke started for West Ham last night in the 1-0 home defeat to Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League play-off game and they were knocked out 2-1 on aggregate.
Oxford had started all three of the club’s previous Europa League games and now Bilic wants to send one of them out on loan to get first team games now they are out of European competition.
It’s a possible option for Rafa to bring in one of them – probably Oxford – who is one of the best young players in England today.