Exclusive: West Ham attacker on brink of exit as deal agreed
EXCLUSIVE by Pete O’Rourke
West Ham United attacker Marcus Browne is poised to join Oxford United on loan this week, Football Insider sources understands.
A number of Football League clubs have expressed an interest in taking Browne on loan for next season, but Oxford have moved quickly to agree a deal with West Ham for the midfielder.
Browne is down the pecking order in new boss Manuel Pellegrini’s plans next season with West Ham bringing in a number of attacking reinforcements and they are happy to let Browne go out on loan to get valuable first-team experience under his belt.
Attacking midfielder Browne is highly-regarded at West Ham having come through the ranks at the club from the age of eight.
The 20-year-old made his West Ham first-team debut during the 2016/17 season when he played Astra Giurgiu in a Europa League qualifier and he has been named on the bench for several games.
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Browne had a spell out on loan at Wigan during the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, but made only one brief appearance during his time at the Championship club.
West Ham want Browne to go to a club where he can play regularly and gain valuable first-team experience before returning to the London Stadium to challenge for a spot in the starting XI and they have given him the green light to join Karl Robinson’s League One Oxford.