Last season didn’t really go to plan for Reece Oxford.
The talented teenager was hoping to build on an impressive debut campaign in the first-team where he made 14 first-team appearances and feature more prominently, and part of that plan was to play some regular games in the Europa League.
Unfortunately, the Hammers were again knocked out during the qualification stages at the hands of Astra Giurgiu and Oxford faced an uphill battle into the starting XI.
Oxford suffered an ankle injury in the Autumn which ruled him out until the New Year and a decision was made to send him on loan to Reading for the second half of the season, but he made just five appearances for Jaap Stam’s side.
West Ham have plans to loan the 18-year-old out again for the 2017/18 season and the Daily Mail have reported that he has arrived in Germany for advanced talks with Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of finalising a move to the Bundesliga.
Monchengladbach took Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on a two-season loan over the last two campaigns and the Danish centre-back has developed into one of Europe’s finest young defenders and believe Oxford can emulate that success, but this deal will be just a one-year loan.
Oxford, who can play in defence or in holding midfield, has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United over the last 12 months but signed a new long-term contract last December and the club are excited about his potential in the game