By Russell Edge

28th Dec, 2017 | 2:40pm

BBC: Moyes sanctions West Ham £17m January sale after long term Euro pursuit

West Ham have agreed to sell hot prospect Reece Oxford to German side RB Leipzig in a £17million (€19million) deal in January, according to BBC Sport.

The broadcaster claim on their website that the 19-year-old is set to be recalled from his loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, cutting short a year-long agreement with the Bundesliga side, before securing his permanent departure to fellow German club Leipzig.

It is said that the deal will be worth up to £17million as a result of the base fee and bonuses, with Leipzig finally securing his signing after a long term pursuit, with a reported move for the youngster failing back in 2016.

It is claimed that manager David Moyes was willing to let the young defender leave the club permanently in January, having made 16 appearances for the senior side.

Football Insider verdict

Whether West Ham really were willing to let Oxford leave before Leipzig’s offer will remain a secret, but they seem to have been persuaded by a big money offer for such a young talent. The defender obviously had no part to play for the Hammers this season and if his future at the club was not a certainty, then snapping up £17million for him seems a good piece of business. That money could prove to be very handy to Moyes in January, as he looks to bolster his squad for their relegation battle, but there may be a feeling of sadness from the West Ham faithful to see a home grown talent sold off. 

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