West Ham 18-year-old set to join Bundesliga club - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham starlet Reece Oxford is set to join Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed that the 18-year-old Hammers prospect is heading to Germany to help aid his development.
It is detailed that manager Slaven Bilic is viewing the versatile defensive player as a “big part” of the east London side’s future and he is now keen for him to see more first team football.
The teenager played just twice for the West Ham first team last season in Europa League qualifying games against NK Domzale and Astra Giurgiu.
It was a huge step back from the 2015-16 campaign, where he played 14 times for the seniors in all competitions, including seven appearances in the Premier League.
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His most notable appearance was his debut with Oxford playing a starring role as he helped West Ham to a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on the opening day.
However, he did also struggle for game time in Jaap Stam’s Reading team in the Championship last season and in just five appearances for the Berkshire-based club he started just twice.
Oxford will now be hoping for more joy with Borussia Monchengladbach, who finished in ninth place in the Bundesliga last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Oxford’s career has taken a steep nosedive after impressing all in his debut. However, he does still have time on his side and West Ham clearly value him as he is still contracted to the club until the summer of 2021. Now, it is up to the England Under-20 international to show that he is ready for senior football and to prove that he is one of the Hammers’ most exciting prospects. He must also make a position his own, as while being versatile is great it is often better to shine in one position than to play adequately in three. The Bundesliga will also be a good place to learn for Oxford and this is a deal West Ham should certainly make.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have joined two Premier League sides in chase for attacker.