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Report: West Ham defender Reece Oxford nearing permanent move to FC Augsburg

According to Sky Sports News, West Ham defender Reece Oxford is set for a permanent move to FC Augsburg.

Although personal terms are not yet agreed, it is believed that Oxford is close to completing his switch to Augsburg ahead of the summer.

West Ham could receive up to £8m for Oxford, who did not feature at all under Manuel Pellegrini. For the sake of his own career, he looks set for a permanent stay with Augsburg.

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Reece Oxford struggles at West Ham

Oxford burst onto the scene aged 16 but has failed to live up to expectations since his debut against Arsenal.

After loan spells with Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach, the towering 6ft 3in centre-back would have been eyeing first-team chances this season.

But Pellegrini did not include Oxford in a single matchday squad, even when he integrated a number of youngsters in the EFL Cup.

The England under-20 starlet was forced to play with the under-23 team this season and Checkatrade Trophy games were the only senior matches he played.

After failing to break into Pellegrini’s plans, Oxford returned to Germany in January, joining Augsburg on a half-season loan.

Since his move, Oxford has played seven times for Augsburg. He had started to establish himself as a regular starter but he has only made two substitute cameos since his red card in February.

But despite his recent struggles, the youngster is still edging closer to a permanent move to Augsburg. He is expected to leave West Ham permanently in the summer.

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