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West Ham youngster Reece Oxford is on the verge of leaving the club permanently, according to German outlet BILD.
The 19-year old was viewed as the next big thing for the Hammers, becoming the club's youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 198 days against Arsenal in 2015, marking Mesut Ozil out of the game in a 2-0 win at the Emirates.
He went on to make a further 11 appearances for West Ham but was loaned out to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
The versatile player has only made four appearances for Dieter Hecking's side but has impressed to the point that Gladbach are close to snapping him up permanently for a fee of €6.2 million.
BILD Claim Reece Oxford has a set price of €6.2m. I don't know how that would differ for English clubs, but it could be worth them investigating given he is still just 19. https://t.co/JtaJ5yNB4q
- Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) December 28, 2017
Reece Oxford could join Borussia Monchengladbach soon for €7million. #BMG #WHUFC
- Shane Burns (@ShaneBurns_) December 28, 2017
Reece Oxford (19) in :flag_de: Germany may be a long-term thing...
BILD claim that he's close to joining Borussia Mönchengladbach on a permanent deal from West Ham.
Reported fee: €6.2 million! pic.twitter.com/plXGb8i0fe
- Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) December 28, 2017
Recently, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said the club were confident of landing him permanently.
"Discussions are taking place," he told Bild.
"It's our aim to keep Reece with us for as long as possible. And Reece has assured us that he's very happy here."
Oxford has started the last three Gladbach games in the Bundesliga, having previously only made one substitute appearance.
He knew he would have to wait for his chance but said he was not having any doubts about making the move.
Speaking to the official Borussia Monchengladbach website, he said:
"No, I was patient. You have to be as a young player, even though you always want to play. Borussia is a perfect club for a young player like me. I gave my all in training and waited for my chance, which I got in Freiburg, and again against HSV."
West Ham fans, is losing Oxford a poor decision on your club's part?
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