Augsburg are reportedly looking to secure the signature of West Ham’s Reece Oxford on a permanent deal following his successful loan. The 20-year-old defender, who worked his way through the Hammers’ academy, has only made 17 appearances for the east Londoners since stepping into the first-team squad in 2014.
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Oxford spent the second half of last season on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, where he made eight appearances, and he returned to the Bundesliga in January to join Augsburg after failing to make an outing for West Ham under boss Manuel Pellegrini this term.
The German side are thought to be keen to take Oxford on a full-time basis, with initial reports suggesting they will have to pay up to £8million for him. Pellegrini is unlikely to stand in the youngster’s way given that he previously suggested he would be better of staying in the Bundesliga. Pellegrini said: “He is a player that has already played in the Bundesliga and he has an option to continue improving, going on loan or sell, I think he must do it because he needs experience.”