Report: Manchester City planning formal approach for West Ham's Reece Oxford

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Manchester City are reportedly planning a move for West Ham ace Reece Oxford.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are plotting a formal approach to West Ham United for teenage star Reece Oxford.

City will see Pep Guardiola become their manager this summer, and one problem the Spaniard faces is the homegrown quota of players needed at the Etihad Stadium.

With homegrown players needed last summer, City snapped up Fabian Delph, Patrick Roberts and Raheem Sterling, and more English talent could be targeted this summer.

Now, the Daily Mail report that City are keen on West Ham ace Reece Oxford, and are plotting a formal approach for the teenager star.

Oxford, 17, was on the books with Tottenham Hotspur before joining up with West Ham in 2014, and he has become one of the rising stars of English football ever since.

Capable of playing at centre back or in holding midfield, Oxford hit the headlines with a virtually flawless display against Arsenal on the opening day of this season, and whilst he has spent much of the campaign playing for West Ham's Under-21 side, he is still tipped for big things.

City are unsurprisingly keen on the England Under-19 international, but given his huge potential, it's unlikely that West Ham would sell him on the cheap, with co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan bound to be stubborn over their teenage sensation.

As for Oxford, he may run into the same problem as Patrick Roberts if he does head to City - a blocked path to the first team. Having already featured under Slaven Bilic, Oxford has a great chance of first-team football at West Ham in the coming years, and staying put may be his best option anyway right now.

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