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3rd Jun, 2017 | 10:04am

'His time will come' - Gold reveals why West Ham fringe player is reportedly set to leave

By Will Butcher

David Gold has revealed that the reason Reece Oxford is reportedly set to leave West Ham is because competition at centre-back is intense.

The Mirror claim the 18-year-old defender is close to joining Bundeliga giants Borussia Monchengladbach in order to aid the youngster’s development.

When questioned by a West Ham fan why Oxford is set to join Gladbach, co-owner Gold replied on his personal Twitter account by saying “its hard for a teenager”.

The Hammers currently have Jose Fonte, James Collins, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna who have all represented their country on numerous occasions.

The competition at the London Stadium saw the two-time England Under-20 international join Reading on loan in January, but he made just five appearances for the Championship side.

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After returning to the Hammers, Oxford is set to be shipped out on loan again and Gladbach are set to profit by bringing the Englishman to Germany.

West Ham’s number 35 is most remembered for his stunning debut performance against Arsenal as a 16-year-old, winning the man of the match award for marking Mesut Ozil.

However, the versatile ace has made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers, failing to use his display at Arsenal as a springboard.

With a contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2021, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Oxford as he looks unlikely to be given a chance under Slaven Bilic next season.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are favourites to complete the signing of this Serbia international from a Premier League rival.

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