Three West Ham talents linked with January exits; Moyes would be making a catastrophic mistake

West Ham defender Declan Rice reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United are allegedly open to selling Reece Oxford, Domingos Quina and Declan Rice in January.

West Ham defender Declan Rice reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Reports from The Mirror last week suggested that West Ham United are prepared to cash in on three top young talents – but David Moyes would be making a huge, huge error.

The Hammers moved to appoint Moyes on Tuesday of last week, handing the Scot the reins at the London Stadium less than 24 hours after parting ways with Slaven Bilic.

Moyes will now want to assess his squad and give everybody a clean slate, and whilst he may need to sell to buy, recent reports should be concerning for Hammers fans.

Reece Oxford of West Ham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 9, 2015 in London, England.

The Mirror claimed that West Ham will consider cashing in on Declan Rice, Reece Oxford and Domingos Quina in order to fund moves for proven players – something Moyes should be completely opposed to.

Defender Rice has already shown shown that he can hold his own in the Premier League, and with enough playing time, the 18-year-old centre back can grow into a regular first-team player for the Hammers in an area where they have struggled of late.

Oxford is currently out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, and would have to be recalled to be sold, but he was one of English football's biggest young talents in 2015, and should be nurtured back to that level rather than flogged.

Playmaker Quina is just 17, but has the potential to be a star, with the Portuguese talent possessing pace and skill on the ball. All three players can be huge players for the future, and West Ham should not sacrifice that potential in order to sign veterans.

Domingos Quina of West Ham United and Darren Pratley of Bolton Wanderers battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The...

Once harbouring the 'Academy of Football', producing the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe, West Ham have been moving away from that identity in recent years, and fans would no doubt love to see enthusiastic young players emerge into a lethargic side.

The 'proven' route hasn't exactly worked for West Ham lately anyway. Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Jose Fonte, Robert Snodgrass and Marko Arnautovic are just some of the experienced players who have signed for West Ham in 2017, and yet they find themselves in trouble.

With such a policy failing to reap rewards, and some top young players at the club, Moyes would be making an unbelievable mistake if he sells those young players in favour of Premier League experience.

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