West Ham players returned to first-team training for pre-season on Monday. And among them was Reece Oxford, who was pictured arriving at Rush Green before going on the exercise bike in the new training kit.
Oxford has been linked with a summer exit after struggling to break into the side last season. Manuel Pellegrini did not include the youngster in a single matchday squad, forcing him to seek a loan exit in January.
After half a season in Germany with FC Augsburg, Oxford has now returned to West Ham. But doubt still surrounds his immediate future as a Hammer.
Reece Oxford linked with summer exit
Oxford was expected to rejoin Augsburg on a permanent deal. But this fell through after talks came to a standstill over a relegation release clause, The Telegraph reports.
This report added that West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough entered the race. Slaven Bilic gave Oxford his debut as a teenager and could reunite with the player at West Brom.
These transfer rumours suggest West Ham are ready to cash in for just £2m this summer. But could Oxford be given one more chance in claret and blue?
Yet another last chance for Reece Oxford?
Not for the first time, it seems like this could be a ‘last chance’ for Oxford. The whole of last season felt that way, as did the season before. But it really is now or never if he wants to make it as a West Ham player.
Pellegrini was not impressed with the 20-year-old last season and he did not exactly light up the Bundesliga. However, he is still a naturally talented player and with a bit of application, he can become a first-team regular for the Irons.
The 6ft 3in youngster has time on his side still. But if he can apply himself, he can save West Ham millions in the transfer market because he can play at centre-back or as a holding midfielder.