Oxford no longer a target for Leipzig

West Ham United have been given a boost with the news that one club has ended their interest in young talent Reece Oxford, having chased the Hammers man during the summer.

Bundesliga’s surprise package RB Leipzig, who sit joint-top of German’s first division alongside Bayern Munich, were said by The Sunday Mirror this week as retaining interest in signing Reece Oxford, with the Red Bull backed side looking to add to their talented young squad.

Oxford has seen first-team opportunities limited by Slaven Bilic and a move to the Bundesliga would have seen him join the likes of Lukas Klostermann, Oliver Burke, Naiby Keita and Timo Werner- all of whom are under 21.

However, Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick has stated this week that although Oxford was previously a target, they’ve now ended their pursuit. ESPN quotes him as stating:

“We will neither sign him in the winter nor in the summer. He played a role [in RB’s thoughts] once, but that’s a thing of the past.”

Just 17-years-old, Oxford is tipped for a bright future but has been protected by Bilic since his fine performance on the opening day of the 2015/16 Premier League season, where he shone against Arsenal.

However, that stance runs the risk of West Ham losing his services if he isn’t handed more opportunities and, given the Hammers’ performances this season, he could provide a major boost.

 


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