Michael Appleton confirms Oxford United will hold transfer talks with West Ham United this summer

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West Ham striker Toni Martinez has impressed on loan to the League One side.

Oxford's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring their second goalOxford's Toni Martinez celebrates

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has confirmed his interest in bringing back West Ham United striker Toni Martinez next season.

A knee injury looks to have curtailed Martinez's campaign, which began with a prolific spell in West Ham's Under-23s ahead of a January move to the Kassam Stadium.

The 19-year-old impressed for the U's, scoring three goals and making another two in nine starts, and Appleton has told the Oxford Mail his side's name is in the hat should the Hammers look to loan out Martinez again next term.

"Toni’s struggling with his knee and we’re in dialogue with West Ham," he said. "He will probably end up staying at West Ham between now and the end of the season.

"Whether it’s us or someone else, I think wherever he goes next year will reap benefits of the spell he’s had with us.

"You never know, it could be us again. It’s something that we will have conversations about over the summer."

A summer recruit from fallen Spanish giants Valencia, Martinez is yet to feature for Slaven Bilic's side at senior level.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United boss Slaven Bilic

However, with West Ham suffering a shortage of strikers, the Spain Under-19 international could get a chance to impress his manager in pre-season.

The Hammers are expected to add to their front line this summer, although their centre-forward pursuit has proved problematic in recent years.

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