Report: Manchester City want West Ham United's Reece Oxford

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Manchester City plot a summer move for one of English football's hottest properties.

West Ham United face a fight to keep highly-rated academy product Reece Oxford as Manchester City prepare a summer move, according to ESPN.

The 17-year-old is considered one of the hottest properties in English football after enjoying an excellent start to the 2015-16 season under manager Slaven Bilic.

Oxford could have barely wished for a better introduction to the campaign following a barnstorming performance in the Hammers' win at Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

Since then, though, first-team chances have been few and far between, with the youngster making nine appearances in all competitions.

He has spent the majority of the season as an unused substitute, and City are reportedly confident that they can prise him away from East London.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also said to be interested, but the Citizens, who welcome Pep Guardiola to Eastlands this summer, believe they are the more attractive destination.

Guardiola never discriminated against youth during his hugely-successful spell with Barcelona, and Oxford may be afforded more opportunities under the Spaniard than he would have been under the current and former regimes.

On the other hand, Bilic has proven his competency since taking over at Upton Park last summer, and he may feel it is beneficial for Oxford to continue developing with West Ham

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