Five facts on West Ham youngster Reece Oxford, linked to Manchester United

The West Ham United youngster is very hot property at the moment, so what do fans need to know about him?

According to a report in the Daily Mail, United are leading the chase to sign West Ham youth player Reece Oxford.

Scouts from both Arsenal and Chelsea have also monitored the player but the report claims United have the 'most active interest in the young star'.

Oxford was an unused substitute in the Hammers' Capital One Cup exit last night. West Ham were held at 1-1 with League One side Sheffield United, and it took a penalty shootout to separate the sides in which Sheffield eventually triumphed 5-4.

Being a youth player, Oxford is relatively unknown to anyone who isn't a West Ham fan, so here are five facts about the youngster.

1) Oxford is only 15-years-old, so just making the substitutes bench for the West Ham's first team is an incredible achievement. Had he come off the bench he would have smashed the record for the club's youngest ever player, which is currently held by Neil Finn who in 1996 played at 17-years and 2 days old.

2) The youngster is a centre-back and posses great height for someone of his tender years, standing at 6ft 3. He was featured in West Ham's under-18s last season, and has already played twice for the under-21s this season.

3) He is a member of England's youth squad and has captained the under-17 twice in his career.

4) As you would expect he is regarded as one of the best prospects to come out of West Ham in recent years, and has been likened to Rio Ferdinand who was a world class centre-back in his day.

5) West Ham chairman David Sullivan has already has his say on the rumours surrounding Oxford's future, he said: "It almost makes you give up on having an academy if they can come in and nick your best 15-year-old. What's the point?

"Our academy costs just under £4million a year to run. Up until this season you could nick a 15-year-old for about £50,000.

"I think they are going to change it now and there is going to be some retrospective compensation. So you'll probably get £250,000.

"But for each £4million you get one crop. So you'd have to have 16 players like that to cover the cost of running the academy- and [Oxford] is the best of the crop.

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