West Ham midfielder Marcus Browne is set to join Oxford United on loan, according to Football Insider.
The outlet claims that the 20-year-old playmaker, who can also play in a central midfield position, will join the League One side on a season-long loan deal this week.
The report reveals that because the Hammers have brought in plenty of new arrivals to The London Stadium this summer, the club are keen for the creative attacking midfielder to go out on loan to get regular first-team football next season.
The youngster, who is yet to make his senior debut for the club, scored six goals and provided two assists for the West Ham Under-23’s last season.
This is a very sensible move by West Ham United. If Marcus Browne would have stayed at The London Stadium he may have got a few chances to sit on the substitutes bench or a have a couple of minutes in the cup competitions here or there, but he would not have been able to play regularly and improve his game. This loan allows the 20-year-old to test himself in men’s football, which is so different to the youth football he has been used to. He will play regularly against better opposition which will only help develop his skills and abilities as a footballer. The Hammers obviously rate the attacking midfielder highly, so if he does well at Oxford United over the next 12 months, why shouldn’t he have the chance to integrate into the first-team next season? The fans will then finally get to see his talent on show in senior football.