West Ham United are willing to listen to offers for young misfit Reece Oxford, according to the Guardian.
The newspaper claims that the 19-year-old’s exit appears inevitable, despite the Hammers’ hopes that he will rediscover the form that made him such a hot prospect just a few years ago.
Oxford is yet to feature under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is said to be unimpressed by the player’s efforts in training.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, who had Oxford on loan last season, have explored a permanent move for the youngster, who is expected to push for a transfer if his first team exodus continues.
Oxford’s fall from grace has been swift and alarming. He was the toast of English football when he made his Premier League debut with a fantastic performance against Arsenal in 2015, but he is now viewed as a troubled teenager who may never fulfil his potential. He did make some encouraging strides while in Germany last time out, but his failure to build on that progress with West Ham this season has been extremely disappointing. Declan Rice’s emergence shows that Pellegrini isn’t afraid to put his faith in youth, it’s just that Oxford isn’t showing him anything to suggest that he should be given a first team chance. Clearly the Chilean isn’t happy with the player and as such a January exit makes sense for everyone involved. It’s clear that Oxford and West Ham aren’t a fit anymore, so both parties should cut ties as soon as possible in order to put this whole debacle behind them.