Date: 16th May 2019 at 6:56am
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Reece Oxford is close to permanently quitting West Ham after agreeing personal terms with Augsburg, Football Insider understands.

The versatile defender, 20, joined the Bundesliga club on loan in January and has subsequently made eight appearances for the team that is 14th with one match of the season remaining.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Oxford has settled the terms of a contract with Augsburg and they are ready to agree a transfer fee.

Manuel Pellegrini has given the green light for the England Under-20 international to leave after failing to build upon his early promise in the first team.

The 6ft 3in centre-back (Transfermarkt), who can also play in central midfield, has not played for the Hammers since January 2018 and was frozen out of the senior squad in the first half of the campaign before his winter window move.

Oxford spent last season on loan at Borussia Mochengladbach and previously had a half-season spell loaned to Reading.

His West Ham career has included 17 first-team appearances, including a man-of-the-match display on debut against Arsenal.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED the club are working on a deal to sign a Cardiff City player.