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West Ham should allow Oxford sale following Rice emergence

As reported by Sky Sports, Everton have offered West Ham £3 million for defender Reece Oxford, and perhaps there is a case to be made for selling the 19-year-old.

The Edmonton-born centre-back has made 17 appearances for the Hammers, but that is kind of disappointing considering his Premier League debut came all the way back in 2015.

Oxford was just 16 when he was handed a starting berth against Arsenal, and big things were expected of him but, a few years down the line, the teen is arguably no better than he was.

Last season he was loaned out to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach and the season before that he joined Reading. For those sides, he made just 12 league appearances.

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Questions have apparently been raised about the youngster’s attitude and commitment to being a professional footballer and if there is any truth in that, then it is a concern. The Mail reported a few months ago that he was not keen to return to his parent club.

While Oxford stagnates, West Ham have another young player in Declan Rice who is going from strength to strength. He came into the first-team at a later age than Oxford and maybe he is benefiting because of that.

The Republic of Ireland international, who can also play as a holding midfielder like Oxford, is basically a reason why it might not be so bad for West Ham to entertain Everton’s offer.

Sky Sports claim the Londoners want £10 million, but they may struggle to get that.

There is of course a chance he may do well there, but it’s about the here and now. The Hammers, with their new found ambition, don’t have time for lost causes, not least when they already have another talented youngster on their hands.

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