Report: Spurs rejected chance to sign West Ham's Reece Oxford

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Tottenham had the young defender at the club before he was a teenager but released him having failed to spot his potential.

West Ham's academy star Reece Oxford is making headlines after his first appearance for the first team against FC Lusitans in the Europa League, but the Mail have revealed that another London club had him on their books, but somehow failed to identify his potential.

The Mail are saying that Tottenham released the 16-year-old Hammers prodigy three or four years ago, after he had been at White Hart Lane for much of his initial development.

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Tottenham had been playing the defender as a forward while he was at the club.

The report says that Oxford wasn't moulded into a defender until he had signed up at the Hammers, following his Spurs release.

One that got away?

Oxford made his debut in yesterday's 3-0 win over Lusitans, becoming the club's youngest ever player as he featured for the entire 90 minutes.

That's some achievement for a club that has turned out some of English football's very best talents such as Bobby Moore, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.

Tottenham will already be kicking themselves at having let a player of Oxford's talent slip through their fingers, but if the England Under-17 player goes on to flourish in a manner any way comparable to any of those three then someone in charge of youth contracts is going to be in big trouble at White Hart Lane.

But Spurs shouldn't get too disheartened, Arsenal failed to spot Harry Kane's potential during a short spell there in his youth career, and now the 21-year-old is a Tottenham hero, arguably at the club he was always destined to star at.

You win some, you lose some.

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