According to HITC.com, Reece Burke is set to reunite with former Bantams manager Phil Parkinson at Bolton Wanderers this weekend, nearly two years after their previous spell together. The 20-year-old spent a year under the manager at Bradford, as he scooped multiple accolades en route to the clubs Player of the Year award.
The highly touted, young centre-back was, along with other young West Ham counterpart Reece Oxford, hotly tipped to join up with this years first team, amid reports of James Collins' potential exit from the club.
Unfortunately due to a serious hip issue, his time spent on loan at Wigan Athletic last season was preemptively cut short, after only making 10 appearances for the Latics. However, the youngster will be keen to return to his usual form shown during his last spell under Parkinson as his manager.
With Reece Oxford already joining Borussia Monchengladbach this past week, it could spell the end for Burke's time at the club for another year, as the growing unrest continues among the West Ham faithful.
Bolton recently secured their return to The EFL Championship last year, with this move seemingly serving as a step-up in confidence and a catalyst to mature young Reece, who will hopefully play regularly, in his highest standard to date.
Many believe Burke possesses the same quality and high-ceiling like Oxford, however due to David Gold's recent comments regarding young players breaking into the first eleven at West Ham, you can understand his potential reasoning for wanting first team football elsewhere.
I think we all have to except that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a PL team full of seasoned international. dg https://t.co/R0c1SimdVr— David Gold (@davidgold) May 20, 2017
We can only hope that both loan deals pan-out in the long run for us, and that both of our promising centre-backs return to the club next season, ready to take the mantle from the ageing core we have at the moment.
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