According to Sky Sports News, Reece Oxford is on the verge of leaving West Ham and joining FC Augsburg permanently.
In January, West Ham loaned Oxford out to Augsburg until the end of the season. And it looks like he is set to make his stay in Germany permanent.
West Ham and Augsburg have agreed a reported £3m deal for this transfer. Considering his age and potential, this is a cut-price fee.
Reece Oxford at West Ham
Oxford made his West Ham first-team debut at the age of 16, producing a man of the match performance against Arsenal. But since then, he has failed to nail down a permanent spot in the squad under Slaven Bilic, David Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini.
The 6ft 3in centre-half was sent on loan to Reading in the 2016/17 season. Playing for a promotion-chasing side under former Manchester United centre-back Jaap Stam, many believed this was the perfect move for Oxford.
But Stam only gave Oxford five appearances. The following year, Oxford went on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach. Over two loan spells spanning most of the year, the England U20 player made eight appearances.
He was hoping to break into Pellegrini’s plans this season. But he failed to make a matchday squad and was forced to remain with the U23s. This is why he was allowed to leave in January.
Reece Oxford at Augsburg
Oxford joined Augsburg in late January. The 20-year-old was getting into the swing of things when he received a red card against Freiburg.
Since then, he has struggled to get into the side. But he started in the recent 4-3 loss against Hertha Berlin and looks like he’s back in Augsburg’s plans.
The German Bundesliga side are set to sign Oxford from West Ham for just £3m. If he fulfils his potential, that is a serious bargain.