West Ham are ready to bring Reece Oxford back to the club from his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach in January with him failing to hit an appearance clause in his loan deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the enforcer, able to operate in defence or midfield, is able to be recalled by the Hammers until he makes seven appearances for the German side, and has turned out just twice in the starting XI, with another one minute cameo for his debut earlier in the campaign.
Said to be rated at £20million by the east London club, it is said that David Moyes, who joined as manager last month, is considering moving the 18-year-old back to the club in January, although will not make an outright decision until closer to the opening of the transfer window.
Contracted at the London Stadium until 2021, Oxford has 16 appearances under his belt for West Ham’s senior side, and has also turned out five times for England’s under-20 side.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham have a difficult decision to make over the future of Oxford, who is undoubtedly viewed as one of their brightest talents. He is not being given the game time needed by the German side, but is he learning and gaining the necessary experience from being overseas? That is what David Moyes needs to adjudge. Yes game time is all well and good but it comes down to what the player can take away from their loan spell, and the opportunity may prove worth more than simply being given first team action. Still, if the club feel he needs more time playing matches, then a recall may be the best way forward.
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