Tottenham should move for West Ham's Reece Oxford

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

The 17-year-old defender is reportedly considering leaving the Hammers, and Spurs would be a fine place for him to develop.

West Ham's Reece OxfordWest Ham's Reece Oxford

West Ham's talented young defender Reece Oxford was linked with a £10 million switch to Manchester City on Tuesday by Sky Sports, following on from reports earlier in the summer that he rejected a contract extension. If Oxford really is considering departing the Hammers, then a move across town, especially for that price, would be great business for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers are said to value the centre back at £15 million, and it may only be a matter of time until the Citizens reach that figure, after Sky reported an official bid for the starlet.

If someone of Oxford's talent does become available, every top five club will probably take an interest, and though West Ham will be hugely reluctant to sell off their prized youngster to a London rival, there are a couple of factors that may be in Tottenham's favour were they to seek a deal with the player.

Tottenham's Nathan Oduwa (L) in action against West Ham's Reece OxfordTottenham's Nathan Oduwa (L) in action against West Ham's Reece Oxford

Firstly, as a young Londoner, a move to another club in the city would represent the least upheaval, and would possibly be something his family would encourage if Oxford was truly open to leaving the Hammers.

Oxford also spent some time at Spurs as a youngster, being released by the club in 2011. Since then, the North Londoners have built a world class training complex that will be convincing to any player weighing up the opportunity of joining the club, and are also set for a stunning new stadium within a couple of years.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is the fact Tottenham have a proven record of developing youngsters for Premier League football and in fact pushing them into rapid contention for England duty. Though the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea may offer more money and have had more recent success, one thing they haven't done well is bring the young talent at their club into the first team.

Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker, Jake Livermore and Danny Rose have all made their debuts in recent years, while England even trained at Hotspur Way in the lead up to the recent European Championships.

England's Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker arrive for trainingEngland's Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker arrive for training

Current boss Mauricio Pochettino is the sort of man young players will be eager to play for, with the Argentine developing a reputation at Southampton and White Hart Lane for doing wonders with promising talents. The way in which he has turned Dier into a top defensive midfielder from centre back would be something that resonates with Oxford, who is similarly capable in both positions.

With Spurs in the Champions League in the coming season, they can offer a level of football West Ham, and even Chelsea and Manchester United can't.

The Hammers have sold their star players to Spurs before, albeit reluctantly, with midfielder Michael Carrick heading to Spurs in 2004 after they struggled to gain promotion back to the Premier League, and with Carrick already an England international that early in his career.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

But though there is precedence for such a move across London, the Irons, about to move to the Olympic Stadium and having played great football for Slaven Bilic last season, will hope they have enough to convince Oxford of staying.

The fact he was at Spurs earlier in his career could be as much of a hindrance as it could be an advantage, with the youngster discussing his time at White Hart Lane last summer, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"I was at Tottenham for a while but they did not want me and I went to West Ham," he said last August. "Which was the best option for me."

Though West Ham's English players will be disappointed to have failed to have been called up by the national team, Oxford may be in with a slightly better chance of regular action under Bilic this season, with James Tomkins being sold and Europa League action available.

If they want to make sure of Oxford remaining in claret and blue, the Hammers may well have to offer the 17-year-old terms that will be impossible to refuse.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substituted

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