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Marcus Browne wanted by 5 clubs: Where should West Ham send him?

West Ham starlet Marcus Browne is making strides out on loan at League One side Oxford United.

With seven goals in 25 games, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder is unsurprisingly wanted by teams in a higher division.

Five Championship clubs are chasing Browne this January, according to The Sun.

West Ham have seven options: let him stay at Oxford, recall him or send him to one of the five Championship clubs interested.


We take a look at his options and judge where he should go.

Stay at Oxford United

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There is a clear argument for keeping Browne at Oxford for the rest of the season.

Under Karl Robinson, the youngster is finding his best form and he is the star man at The Kassam Stadium.

But do West Ham want to test him at a higher level?

Bristol City

A move to Bristol City would probably see Browne play a starring role in the attacking midfield.

But he would join a mid-table team who may take their foot off the pedal if there is nothing to play for at the end of the season.

Derby County

Former Hammer Frank Lampard wants Browne and West Ham’s starlet could learn a lot from one of the finest attacking midfielders of his generation.

Lampard has the likes of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson performing well and Browne could join their promotion quest.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United are also in a promotion hunt and need some attacking midfield reinforcements.

But would the Irons let him move to Bramall Lane given the animosity between the Blades and West Ham following the Carlos Tevez debacle?

Stoke City

Stoke are making a late push for the play-offs and Browne could help them reach their target.

The London-born midfielder would be competing with Tom Ince and James McClean for game time.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom would be an interesting option but they already have plenty of talented attacking midfielders.

Playing alongside the likes of Harvey Barnes, Matt Phillips, Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez would surely see Browne get goals, if he gets the game time.

Recall him

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With Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini injured, Manuel Pellegrini might want Browne back immediately.

Browne could offer some creativity in midfield but it is a tough task to ask him to step up two divisions.

He might end up sitting on the bench or playing youth team football if he isn’t quite ready and a loan move to the Championship would make more sense.

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