West Ham United defender Reece Oxford is closing in on a move to Bundesliga club FC Augsburg, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that the 20-year-old, on a reported £20,000-per-week in east London [Source: Spotrac], is nearing a permanent move to the Augsburg Arena.
The youngster has spent the second half of the season on loan with Martin Schmidt’s side and, after a tricky start, has impressed in Germany in recent months.
Now his temporary move could be turned into a permanent one.
There will be plenty of West Ham supporters who will be jumping for joy over this news. They’ve wanted Oxford out for a long time now, fed up with his entitled attitude and his failure to make good on his exceptional potential. It’s easy to forget that the young defender was the jewel in the Hammers’ crown when he produced that performance against Arsenal a few years ago. He was thought of as the superior prospect to Declan Rice, the man who is now arguably the finest player at the club. That should have been Oxford, but he messed it up. Now he looks set for a move to a middling Bundesliga club in Augsburg, having completely failed to make the grade at the London Stadium. What a fall from grace for the defender. It just shows you how important a good attitude and having a solid head on your shoulders is. That’s why Rice is where he is and Oxford is where he is. It’s as simple as that, and there won’t be many West Ham fans upset when Oxford eventually departs.