Reece Oxford close to signing new West Ham deal - Sky sources

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Reece Oxford of West Ham United in action during the West Ham United training session at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Ol
Image: Reece Oxford is close to committing his long-term future to West Ham

Reece Oxford is close to signing a new long-term contract at West Ham, according to Sky sources.

The highly-rated 17-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on his new deal this week following lengthy negotiations.

Contract talks between Oxford and the Hammers began earlier this year, with defender rejecting the club's initial offer in May.

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Oxford, whose current contract expires in 2018, has previously been linked with a move away from West Ham, with Manchester United mooted as potential suitors.

He has featured just twice for Slaven Bilic's side this season, both appearances coming in the Europa League, and is currently recovering from an ankle ligament injury sustained in training.

Reece Oxford of West Ham in action during the Second Leg of the Premier League U21 Cup Final at the KC Stadium
Image: Oxford featured 12 times in total for West Ham during his breakthrough season

Oxford became the youngest Premier League player in West Ham's history when he started their opening game of the 2015/16 season - a 2-0 win away at Arsenal.

He appeared a further six times in the Premier League as West Ham ended the season in seventh place - their highest finish in the top-flight since 2002.

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Oxford has also been capped by England in all age groups up to the U20 level. 

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