West Ham defender Reece Oxford is a target for Eibar

According to Spanish media outlet Marca, West Ham United defender Reece Oxford is a target for La Liga club Eibar, who are willing to pay a £1.8m loan fee to bring him to Spain.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Marca have confirmed a report in the Daily Mail that Eibar want the 19-year-old following a difficult start to their La Liga campaign, and while AZ Alkmaar are also keen it is thought that the Basque club are favourites to get him.

Marca report that the Irons are initially reluctant to accept the €2m (£1.8m) loan fee they have been offered, perhaps due to them getting off to a poor start in the Premier League themselves with questions marks over the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena already.

Should West Ham loan him out?

While they have made a disappointing start to the top flight campaign and although Oxford is hugely talented, a loan spell in La Liga would be the best thing for both them and the player in the long run.

Many young British players – including the teenager last term – have decided to move abroad in a bid to learn a new culture of football and improve their games, and the 19-year-old looks to have all of the attributes to be a success in La Liga where possession football usually wins the day.

Throwing Oxford into the West Ham backline right now would not only be harsh on the youngster and put him under the pressure that he doesn’t really need at this stage of his career – especially after he has failed to make much progress having made his debut as a 16-year-old against Arsenal in 2015 – and they must accept the offer from Eibar to continue to allow him to develop so he can eventually be a star for them.