West Ham Utd may have a tussle on their hands to keep the services of promising young defender Reece Oxford, but they continue to strengthen their youth operation.
Liverpool have renewed their campaign to prise 17-year-old Oxford away from east London and have tabled a £10million bid on news that the hot prospect is holding out against a contract with West Ham. Both Manchester clubs are also on the prowl.
However, the club are celebrating the confirmation that young Portuguese forward Domingos Quina will be staying.
The Benfica boy will report to the Hammers in July, having recently been crowned a UEFA European U17 champion.
Quina, 16, has agreed terms to sign a professional contract on his 17th birthday in November.
Academy director Terry Westley told the club’s website : “Attracting a player of Domingos’s quality and potential to the club is recognition of the stature with which the West Ham United Academy is held.
“Domingos spent a month training with us before heading to the European Championship finals and he has seen what we are all about.
“Slaven Bilic personally met with Domingos during the time he spent training with us and his interest in the player and the discussion they had undoubtedly helped to persuade him that West Ham was the right place to continue his development.
At the recent European U17 Championship finals in Azerbaijan, the young forward scored in a group-stage victory over Scotland and appeared in the country’s victory over Spain in the final.
Westley said: “For me, he has the same qualities as a Manuel Lanzini, in that he likes to come deep and receive the ball and then run with it, while he also possesses the quality to run in behind – he is both a goal-scorer and a goal-creator. This is a potentially massive signing for West Ham United.”