West Ham defender Reece Oxford looked set for a summer exit. According to The Daily Star, Oxford was on the verge of sealing a permanent move to FC Augsburg for £4m.
The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Augsburg. And with an uncertain future at West Ham, he was keen to force a permanent exit.
Hurdle in Reece Oxford exit
However, this potential exit has hit a snag. According to The Guardian, Oxford’s move to Augsburg is in doubt. The deal has hit a stumbling block over personal terms.
Oxford and Augsburg need to find a solution as negotiations ground to a halt. This will frustrate West Ham, who are trying to sell fringe players to raise funds for some summer spending.
At the moment, this deal is rated at 50-50. If Oxford’s move to Augsburg collapses, he might have other potential suitors ready to take a £4m punt on him.
Time to get rid?
Oxford made his first-team debut for West Ham aged just 16. Slaven Bilic placed his faith in the 6ft 3in centre-back, who can also play in midfield, but his progress has stalled ever since.
The England U20 international’s attitude has often been questioned. Back in October 2017, Bilic had to advise Oxford to apply himself after his Golden Boy nomination (The Daily Mail).
And in November last year, Manuel Pellegrini gave Oxford a warning about his attitude (The London Evening Standard). This seemed a key factor behind the constant snubs that the defender received, despite West Ham’s injury crisis.
It is now time for West Ham to part ways with Oxford. He may be talented but a summer exit would be in the best interests of all parties.