​West Ham's young defender Reece Burke is set to move to Bolton Wanderers on loan for the entirety of next season.

As reported by HITC, Burke is set to renew his relationship with manager Phil Parkinson, having played under him in a previous loan spell at Bradford City, when he went on to win the Bantams' Player of the Year award.


The highly-rated 20-year-old also spent the previous season in the north west, but endured a frustrating spell at Wigan Athletic as he was restricted to only ten appearances for the Latics, due primarily to a niggling hip problem.

Some sections of the Hammers faithful have been vocal in their belief that the likes of Burke and fellow young defender Reece Oxford should be given a chance at first-team level next season

However David Gold, the Hammers co-chairman, was dismissive of the suggestion when put to him last month, saying in a tweet earlier this season his belief that: "We all have to except that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a PL team full of seasoned international(s)."

Indeed, Oxford has already found himself farmed out to Borussia Mönchengladbach, in a move many have found strange by virtue of the fact that the German side is seen as a more accomplished team than the Hammers throughout Europe.

However, should Oxford step into the role left by former Chelsea Loanee Andreas Christensen, he could be in for a stellar season in the Bundesliga.