Belfast Telegraph

Manchester City move ahead of United and Spurs in race for rising star Reece Oxford

By Ian Herbert

Manchester City have made an official inquiry to West Ham about the availability of top England talent Reece Oxford and would find the 17-year-old very receptive to a move which could cost them as little as £15m.

City scouted Oxford at this summer's under-19 European Championships and, having been impressed by what they saw in the young defender, followed up their interest with an inquiry on Monday night.

That puts them ahead of both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of the youngster.

Though City have identified central defence as such a major problem that they want to buy both Everton's John Stones and Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci, Oxford would be seen as one for the future. He is understood to relish the idea of developing under Pep Guardiola.

A £10m bid for the player from Red Bull Leipzig has already been turned down by West Ham this summer.

Guardiola is also looking for goalkeeping reinforcements and is interested in Barcelona's Claudio Bravo, who is disappointed that team mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be the club's number one in every competition next season. Guardiola also likes Arsenal's Hector Bellerin but Arsenal are unwilling to sell.

Guardiola is keen to address both full back areas, with Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleks Kolarov and Gael Clichy all in their 30s.

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