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Manchester United: Snubbed by West Ham man; Bailly latest; two poached from Manchester City

West Ham sensation Reece Oxford is set to snub Manchester United by signing a new five year deal today on his 18th birthday, say the Sun. The talented central defender, who can also play in midfield, was also attracting interest from Manchester City but is expected to put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the London Stadium.

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West Ham’s greater offering of first team football may well have played a part in his decision, but Oxford, an England under 20 international, will now be hoping to push his career on to the next level and may remain on the United radar for some time.

Had he opted for a move to Old Trafford, he would have joined Eric Bailly in defence, but the club are reportedly confident that their £30 million summer signing will only miss this weekend’s encounter with West Brom, but should return in time for the Christmas fixture schedule, say the Mirror.

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The ex-Villarreal man reportedly suffered knee ligament damage in the other knee to that which kept him out of action for around two months, but it is not believed to be a serious problem and a quick return is expected.

There is another boost for the club as they look set to secure the services of two Manchester City starlets say the Manchester Evening News. Defender Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu and winger Ellis Simms both joined the Red Devils on trial and have featured for the club’s youth teams despite being on the books of City.

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Both have also been capped by England at different youth age groups and are tipped to go on to become top quality players. It also represents a major achievement in the United plan to attract more local youth talent to the club.

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