By Derek Smithson
West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has landed in Germany to complete a move to Borussia Monchengladbach, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the 18-year-old has jetted into German and will hold “advanced talks” with the Bundesliga club.
It is understood that the Hammers will not sell the defender, but are keen on him experiencing regular football elsewhere to help his development.
Oxford has been linked with a move to Monchengladbach and has now flied over to complete a deal.
The teenager is a highly rated talent at the London Stadium and they believe he can become an important first teamer in the future.
He was loaned out to Championship side Reading in the second half of last season, but made just five senior appearances for them.
Oxford has played 16 times for the West Ham senior team, but doest not look set for a role in Slaven Bilic’s side next year.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham already have Winston Reid, James Collins, Angelo Ogobonna and Jose Fonte as senior centre-backs ahead of next season. Bilic could be making a smart move by sending Oxford out on loan and it’s easy to forget that he is still just 18. Monchengladbach have helped nurture Chelsea ace Thomas Christiansen on loan for the past two years and his absence could leave a vacant position at centre-back. Oxford’s potential move to Germany would help develop his game as long as he can nail down a starting position. He was unable to do that at promotion chasing Reading last year and he is only going to improve by playing games.
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