Manchester United want to sign West Ham defender Reece Oxford, but no progress has been made following the managerial situation at the club. Louis van Gaal's future is uncertain despite having won the FA Cup, with the board willing to pass the baton on to Jose Mourinho.
The Mirror reports that United have a bid worth £10m ($15m) prepared for the 17-year-old, but are holding out for a breakthrough in talks with Mourinho, who could become manager at Old Trafford by the end of next week. Meanwhile, Oxford wants first team action, but it would be hard fussed to find it under Mourinho, who has a reputation of not giving adequate chances to players from the youth setup.
Mourinho's ideologies are in stark contrast to that of Van Gaal, who has given the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah a chance to express themselves on the big stage – something they have grabbed with open arms. Oxford would love the chance to play under the Dutchman, but as things stand it would be a difficult wish to fulfil for the youngster, as the higher management is not impressed with LVG's inability to finish in the top four.
The situation at United has stalled the transfer, which has put the deal under threat, with West Ham now pushing Oxford to sign a new contract. The England International is unwilling to drag this on for any longer and would want a decision made on his future by the end of next week before he flies off with the England U-19 team. Moreover, Arsenal were also interested in signing the player, but have not followed up on their interest.
Oxford caught the eye of scouts across the Premier League when he started in midfield against Arsenal at the Emirates on opening day of last season and shackled Mesut Ozil, not allowing him to create any openings. The Hammers won the game 2-0, but Oxford did not have too many opportunities following that to impress his manager.