Reece Oxford's West Ham future took on more doubt last night amid reports he had rejected a new offer.
Oxford remains under contract for another two seasons but West Ham want to tie him down for longer and get a show of further commitment from the promising youngster.
The 17-year-old starred on the first day of the season for Slaven Bilic's side, but has been used sparingly since, and ended season by leading the under-21 side to cup success.
The teenager is able to play in both midfield and defence and has been compared in style to former Hammers star Rio Ferdinand.
Oxford was quick to try and calm the speculation, insisting it was purely rumour rather than fact. That may be the case but until he signs, doubts will persist regarding his long term commitment.
Wow rumours will be rumours !— Ox (@Reeceoxford_) May 17, 2016
Most West Ham fans have expressed sympathy for the youngster, believing he is simply being poorly advised, but not all share the same opinion, with others arguing he has not achieved enough to be making demands.
Here is a look at a cross section of the reaction to the reports on Oxford's future...
People need to remember that Oxford rejecting a deal is a rumour. Let's not get onto the kid and just wait this has happened before #whufc— Rob Honeyball (@RobbieWHUFC) May 17, 2016
The reason Reece Oxford has turned down a new contract and looks sure to leave is ............. He wants to be picked for England #whufc— Bob Clark (@bobclark56) May 17, 2016
Reece Oxford turning down a new contract. Sounds like someone's got a bit too big for their boots #whufc— Guy Clarke (@guy_clarke93) May 17, 2016
Can't help but think Oxford agents are making him far too greedy with this deal. He's talented but far from the finished article. #whufc— Ollie Galley (@ollieG8) May 17, 2016