West Ham are willing to sell young enforcer Reece Oxford to German side Borussia Monchengladbach if they increase their initial bid to £15million, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim on their website that the Hammers are open to the possibility of letting the versatile 19-year-old leave for Germany on a permanent basis, having cut short his season-long loan deal with Gladbach at the opening of the January transfer window.
However, they are reportedly demanding a fee in the region of £15million, with the Bundesliga side said to have tabled an offer at just over half that value with an £8million bid.
It is claimed that Oxford, who can play in midfield or the centre of defence and who has 16 senior appearances for West Ham, is keen on securing a move away, whether it be permanently or on loan, as he does not want to sit on the fringes at the Hammers for the second half of the season.
Football Insider verdict
It seems strange that David Moyes is willing to let one of the club’s brightest young stars depart the club, although £15million is not a fee to be scoffed at. Perhaps he has not been impressed with what he has seen from the youngster since his return from loan, or maybe the club feel the funds generated from his sale could be better invested elsewhere. Injury ruled him out of the club’s clash against Shrewsbury Town but if he returns in time, there is every chance he will turn out in the replay. It is a difficult situation for both club and player, but the ball is in Gladbach’s court now, and they will have to wait and see if the German side choose to meet the Hammers’ demands.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have tabled a bid for a Premier League and international midfielder.