Two Championship clubs have entered the race for West Ham’s Reece Oxford. According to The Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough are battling for Oxford.
The Hammers defender was close to joining on FC Augsburg on a permanent deal. He spent the second half of last season on loan with the Bundesliga club. But that deal is on the verge of falling through over a disagreement on his contract terms.
Augsburg had agreed on a transfer fee with West Ham and offered Oxford a four-year contract. But the 20-year-old wants a relegation release clause – something Augsburg are not prepared to include.
Slaven Bilic eyes Reece Oxford reunion
Consequently, Oxford’s future is in doubt again. He is still expected to leave West Ham as the club want to get his £20k-per-week wages (according to Football.London) off the books.
West Brom and Middlesbrough are now interested in the youngster, who would cost around £2m. Boro have recently done business with West Ham, signing the likes of Stewart Downing, Darren Randolph and Jordan Hugill in recent years.
But the link with West Brom is more interesting. Slaven Bilic is set to become the new Baggies boss and he wants an Oxford reunion as his first signing.
The ex-West Ham manager gave Oxford his West Ham debut as a 16-year-old. Now, he is ready to help the England U20 starlet reignite his career at The Hawthorns.
Reece Oxford: What could have been
Oxford burst onto the scene as a teenager and West Ham fans thought they had a top talent for the future. But his progress has stalled ever since.
The 6ft 3in centre-back, who can also play in midfield, has often had his attitude questioned. But his fall from grace has been dramatic. He is on the verge of leaving for just £2m – something West Ham fans never would have envisaged a few years ago.