West Ham do not need reported target Mandragora as they already have Oxford

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West Ham United may be linked with one teenage defensive midfielder but they already have a future star in that position.

According to a recent report from Calcio Mercato, West Ham United are interested in signing Genoa teenager Rolando Mandragora, but as talented as the 18-year-old defensive midfielder is, the Hammers have a player to fill that position for the next 15 years.

Reece Oxford may only be 16 but he showed on the opening weekend of the season against Arsenal that he is a supremely gifted young player destined for greatness.

Understandably he has been used sparingly since then, and the pressure has not been put too firmly on his shoulders, but signing an 18-year-old to do a job Oxford is perfect for would make little sense.

West Ham have the likes of Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate to play that role in the short term, allowing Oxford all the time he needs to develop, and while he can also play at centre-back his future is more likely to be further up the pitch on recent evidence.

Mandragora has played 12 matches on loan for Pescara so far this season and he has previously appeared five times for his parent club. But while there are likely to be plenty of sides interested in him, West Ham are lucky enough to have that position covered with Oxford on route to becoming a bona fide superstar.

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