West Ham boss reveals how club kept hold of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal target

West Ham head honcho David Gold has revealed top Premier League sides expressed an interest in signing youth sensation Reece Oxford, according to the Daily Star.

The 16-year old Hammer has impressed under new boss Slaven Bilic, shining in the holding midfield role against Arsenal on the opening day. His display at the Emirates last month earned widespread acclaim for the young star, after previously excelling in the club’s famed academy.

Gold, who currently owns the East London outfit with business partner David Sullivan, revealed ‘we had to beat off competition from Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to keep Reece Oxford’, in a tweet posted on his official account.

The teenager has featured six times in the first team this season, and is a regular at England youth level. He signed his first professional deal with the side in January, and now looks to be a regular under new boss Bilic.

Academy director Terry Westerly is reported as stating ‘David Gold believes Reece Oxford can become a legend’, before adding, ‘that is why the determination to keep him at 16 was so great.’

The Upton Park outfit prepare to face Newcastle in the Monday night football tomorrow, with the youth international in contention to feature against the Magpies.