Report: Newcastle want West Ham's Reece Burke

Bradford City's Reece Burke and James Meredith celebrate after the final whistle

The West Ham United starlet is reportedly being courted by Newcastle United.

West Ham's Reece Burke in action

According to The Mail, Newcastle United are showing a "firm interest" in bringing West Ham United starlet Reece Burke to Tyneside this summer.

The 19-year-old academy graduate is out of contract with the East London side next summer as a number of clubs - including Southampton and Manchester City - look to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding his Hammers' future.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with West Ham's Reece Burke

But The Mail report that it's Newcastle who are desperate for the England Under-20 international.

The report goes on to state that West Ham rate the youngster very highly, and that the club would be "loathe" to lose him this early in his development.

Of course, West Ham, under Slaven Bilic, look very much like a team on the up, and young players are often the casualty of such lofty ambitions as clubs look for established talent to help them reach a new footing.

Norwich City's Vadis Odjidja Ofoe in action with West Hams' Reece Burke

Consequently, Burke may feel that his first-team prospects would be better at Newcastle, who were relegated from the Premier League this past season.

Working alongside a manager of Rafael Benitez's vintage is also certainly a draw for young players, given his status within football.

He managed 36 appearances during an impressive loan spell at Bradford City this past season, winning the club's Player of the Year award in an achievement which elevated his status further.

Bradford City's Reece Burke and James Meredith celebrate after the final whistle

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