West Ham announce new contracts for teenage stars Reece Oxford and Joe Powell

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West Ham have announced new contracts for teenagers Reece Oxford and Joe Powell.

During tonight's FA Cup third round replay against Everton, West Ham announced that teenagers Reece Oxford and Joe Powell have signed new contracts with the club.

Centre back Oxford and playmaker Powell, both 16, have signed their first professional contracts at Upton Park, pledging their futures to the club.

Oxford has recently been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United by the Daily Mail, and has even earned comparisons to Rio Ferdinand, another defender to have made his way through the West Ham academy.

The news was also confirmed on the club's official website, with Head of Coaching and Player Development Terry Westley telling whufc.com that he's delighted to have both players with the club for the long term.

"Now we have Reece and Joe long-term we can put a plan in place for the next four seasons," said Westley. "First and foremost I'm delighted that they've both committed to the Club, but from a developer's point of view it gives me time to work with them and try to put all those ingredients in place to become first team players."

Oxford was looking forward to playing at the Olympic Stadium, saying; "Hopefully I can get my first-team debut there [at the new Stadium]," he said. "It's great to get the deal done and I'll try to kick on now and get into the first team. The fans committed to me, they really wanted me to sign. They love their players here."

Meanwhile, Powell has fulfilled a family dream by playing for the Hammers, with the whole family die-hard West Ham fans.

"I've always wanted to play for West Ham since I was young. I love it. I'm very proud to sign, with all the years of hard work that I've put in, so I'm glad to get the contract," said Powell.

"It's overwhelming signing in front of so many people. All my family are behind me, they all support West Ham, from generations. So they're obviously going to be really proud of me and that's going to give me more ambition as well," he added.

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