The blossoming defender and the club are at a stand-off over a new three-year contract, although the England Under-19s star denies he has rejected any firm deal.

West Ham are holding out on meeting Oxford’s demands in full but have made offered him a significant pay rise.

Oxford, 17, has two years to run on his contract and is one of the most talked-about young English players in the Premier League and has been linked with £8m moves to Manchester City and Manchester United.

He was thrown in for an emergency debut in the first game of last season and earned rave reviews for his performance in a 2-0 win at Arsenal when just 16.

But he has since started only two more Premier League matches and found first-team action hard to come by with West Ham enjoying a successful season.