West Ham have sent Reece Oxford back to German top-flight club Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until the end of the season, it has been officially announced.
The German giants’ official English Twitter account confirmed the defender’s return to the club on Wednesday.
— Gladbach (@borussia_en) January 31, 2018
The 19-year-old centre-back spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach making four appearances, before David Moyes recalled him at the start of 2018.
Oxford then made three brief appearances for the Hammers which included him featuring in West Ham’s recent surprise 1-0 defeat to League One’s Wigan in the FA Cup.
The Daily Mail’s Live Transfer Blog (Wednesday, 15:47) previously reported that the defender was set to go back to the Bundesliga side on loan but there wasn’t going to be an option to buy him included in the agreement.
The update also revealed that the defender met with David Moyes ahead of making the move to Germany.
Football Insider Verdict:
After failing to impress in his brief cameos since returning to West Ham in January, it makes sense that Oxford has once again left the club. Hopefully for the Hammers’ sake, the centre-back impresses in the second half of the season as it will allow them to sell him for a huge transfer fee in the summer. The 19-year-old could get them a big payday in the summer without affecting the first team as he looked way off being good enough to feature regularly with his brief appearances. It’s interesting that Moyes met with Oxford ahead of the move though, as the manager obviously values the defender to speak with him ahead of him departing the club.
In other West Ham transfer news, they have agreed a fee for a 10-goal striker.