Report: Jose Mourinho to send scouts to watch West Ham prospect

General view inside the ground before the game

Manchester United are weighing up a move for the 17-year-old, who currently plays for their Premier League rivals.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substitutedReece Oxford and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Under new management it appears that Manchester United remain just as interested in West Ham United starlet Reece Oxford as they ever were as the Daily Mirror reports that Jose Mourinho is sending scouts to have a look at the 17-year-old.

The Mirror reports that the Red Devils have been monitoring the youngster for a while, and it seems that he is still on their radar following the club's decision to replace Louis van Gaal with Mourinho at the start of the summer.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conferenceNew Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is interested in Oxford

Though Paul Pogba remains a key target, according to the Mirror, United are still keen on doing a deal for Oxford - who has already been the subject of a £10m bid from Red Bull Leipzig earlier this summer - and plan to watch him feature in England under-19's clash against the Netherlands on Friday.

If Oxford's performance against the Dutch evokes memories of the form he showed last season, then it is highly likely that United will come away from the match desperate to bring him to Old Trafford.

England's Reece Oxford celebrates scoring their first goal

Despite beginning the campaign without a Premier League appearance, the academy graduate was selected to start against Arsenal at the Emirates on the opening day of last term.

And despite being deployed in a holding midfield role, rather than his seemingly favoured position of centre-back, Oxford put in a sensational display to help the Irons keep the Gunners at bay, which would ultimately allow Bilic's men to win 2-0. 

Although he would only make seven league appearances all season last year, the composure he showed during those games suggests that with the Hammers' squad set to be stretched as they go further in Europe, he will play a much more prominent role this season, unless United manage to prise him away. 

West Ham's Reece Oxford in action with Werder Bremen's Fin Bartels

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