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Reports today suggest United are ready to step up their interest in West Ham's Reece Oxford.

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to make a move for one of the more interesting young England prospects to burst onto the scene in the last few months. West Ham United's Reece Oxford made his first-team breakthrough at Upton Park under Slaven Bilić last season, turning in a particularly impressive performance as the Hammers upset their London rivals with a 2-0 win at the Emirates on the opening day of the Premier League campaign. Now, José Mourinho wants to bring him to Old Trafford.

At least that's according to the Mirror, who report that United's new boss is "sending scouts to watch 17-year-old Oxford play for England under-19s against Holland in the European Championship in Germany on Friday." Oxford is a versatile defensive player, capable of occupying both holding midfield and centre-back roles effectively. At only 17, he's still outrageously young, and would surely make a very shrewd signing indeed -- particularly with Morgan Schneiderlin yet to completely convince.

United have reportedly already made enquiries, though with Oxford still having a couple of years to run on his contract, West Ham are in no rush to sell. The Mirror report that ambitious German outfit Red Bull Leipzig made a rather optimistic £10 million bid for Oxford earlier this summer, which was -- rather unsurprisingly -- turned down.