Speculation surrounding Reece Oxford’s future has resurfaced following his omission from the China tour. According to Sky Sports News, West Ham starlet Oxford could be on his way to FC Augsburg.
Oxford spent last season on loan at Augsburg, playing eight times. He was close to completing a permanent move to the Bundesliga club but those talks broke down over personal terms.
The 20-year-old wanted a relegation release clause inserted into his contract. Augsburg narrowly survived in the German top-flight last season and Oxford wants a get-out clause.
But Oxford has reportedly dropped these demands so a move to Augsburg could be back on. This deal would be in the region of £2.7m. Fulham and Swansea City are also interested in the England U20 international – both Championship clubs want him on loan.
Is there any hope for Reece Oxford?
Oxford’s West Ham progress has slowed since he burst onto the scene as an exciting 16-year-old. But he is still young and has the potential to perform well in the future.
If he can sort out his attitude and fulfil his potential, Oxford could solve two major problems at West Ham. He is primarily a central defender and he could add another option at the back for Manuel Pellegrini.
The Hammers are also looking for a defensive midfielder to either partner Declan Rice or provide cover for the England star. Oxford broke into the side as a holding midfielder initially and he has the ball-playing ability to follow Rice’s path to this position.
But West Ham now face a major decision. Do they keep him, loan him out or sell him? For just £2.7m, West Ham could regret that sale in the future.