West Ham defender Burke heads to Bradford on loan

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West Ham's Reece Burke has joined Bradford City on loan.

Bradford City have signed highly-rated West Ham defender Reece Burke on loan, as confirmed by the BBC.

Burke has come through the youth ranks at West Ham and he made his first-team debut in an FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in January 2014.

The 18-year-old earned a regular run in the side at the back end of last season when he made six appearances in Sam Allardyce's side.

Burke impressed when he was called upon last season, winning Young Hammer of the Year and the England youth international is tipped for a bright future at Upton Park.

The central defender featured for West Ham in the qualifying rounds of this season's Europa League qualifying rounds, but now West Ham have crashed out of Europe his first-team chances looked limited.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is happy to send Burke out on loan so that he can get valuable first-team experience under his belt which will his aid his long-term development.

A number of clubs are understood to have shown an interest in Burke, but Bradford have moved quickly to agree a deal with West Ham as Phil Parkinson is keen to bolster his defensive options.

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