Reece Oxford has joined FC Augsburg on loan and this deal includes an option to buy, according to reports.

West Ham’s official website has confirmed that Oxford has joined Bundesliga side Augsburg on loan until the end of the season.

But this arrangement could be made into a permanent one. The Guardian’s live deadline day blog (17:22) claims that Augsburg have an option to sign Oxford permanently.

Reece Oxford’s time at West Ham

Reece Oxford has not featured for West Ham this season. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Oxford has played 17 times for West Ham after bursting onto the scene as a teenager. Operating as either a centre-back or as a holding midfielder, West Ham fans initially held high hopes for the England under-20 starlet.

 

But the 20-year-old has not featured in a match day squad under Manuel Pellegrini, despite injury problems at centre-half and in central midfield.

As a result, the towering defender has been limited to under-23 games this season. He has decided to move on in order to get first-team game time.

Oxford returns to Germany after spending time with Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has also played for Reading on loan in the past.

But Oxford might have played his final game for West Ham with Augsburg potentially signing him permanently next summer.