West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford is dedicated to the club and will not seek a move away this month, according to Sky Sports.
The versatile defender is a rising star at the London club and is highly regarded after his exploits in the Hammers youth ranks, reserve side and first team in recent years.
However, Oxford has fallen down the pecking order at West Ham and as such opportunities to play in the Premier League have been few and far between over the last 12 months.
As such, the talented centre-half spent time on loan at German side Borussia Monchengladbach last season and has been touted with a potential move back to the Bundesliga in some media outlets.
Despite this, the latest report suggests that Oxford feels a sense of allegiance to West Ham and will commit to the Irons after reassurances from new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
After an expansive summer in the transfer market, hopes are high that the Hammers can have a productive and positive campaign – but things have not started well in 2018-19.
Consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Bournemouth have left a bad taste in the mouth among the West Ham fans but bookmakers that offer big odds on football tips are not discounting a top-half finish for the Hammers just yet.
But, it could well be time for Pellegrini to look to other options.
One of those may be Oxford, who has stated that his talks with the Hammers boss have left him in no doubt where his future lies.
“The manager has expressed his desire to keep me at the club and I want to repay the faith he has shown in me,” Sky Sports report the West Ham teenager as saying.
“I’m ready if they need me. I believe they do need me. So I’ll be ready.”
Looking at it objectively, Oxford has not reached the potential expected of him when he first broke into the West Ham first-team squad at the age of 16, but he is undoubtedly a gifted player that can make an impact in the Premier League.
As such, with the defender’s contract expiring in 2020, now is the time for Oxford to be given a chance in the Hammers first-team squad and a new deal to be sorted out for the youth-team graduate.