David Moyes is set to meet with Reece Oxford on Wednesday in order to discuss the player’s West Ham future before the transfer window closes, according to a report.
Sky Sports report that the 19-year-old defender will meet with Moyes as the Hammers manager wants to block Oxford’s return to Borussia Monchengladbach.
The defender was due to return to the German giants on loan after Tuesday’s draw with Crystal Palace, after returning from his first loan spell with the club at the beginning of the year.
Oxford made four appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach this season before returning to the Hammers, and Moyes is now considering keeping him at the club.
The centre-back has only played 127 minutes of football since returning to West Ham, with four minutes of that being a brief cameo in the Premier League.
Oxford has featured in the Hammers’ last two FA Cup games, including their surprise defeat to League One’s Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
If Moyes opts to let the 19-year-old go and chases his mind about stopping a move, he has to decide fast as the German transfer window closes at 5pm GMT on Wednesday.
Football Insider Verdict:
West Ham have several injuries and could do with players not leaving the club. However, the 19-year-old was woeful in both his FA Cup appearances in January and barely had time to kick a ball in his only Premier League appearance. So it’s strange that Moyes may opt to keep him at the club when a deal for him to leave looks all but done. The only reason the Hammers manager could want to keep him is if Moyes is truly panicking about the depth of his squad. It’s suggests that the Hammers may not be making enough signings on deadline day that they’re forced to keep players such as Oxford, just in case of an injury crisis.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are trying to hijack a relegation rivals £8million swoop for Championship forward.