West Ham are ready to send Reece Oxford away on a season-long loan deal after changing their stance on the player, The Daily Mail states.
One of the summer’s most lengthy sagas is showing no signs of coming to a halt as West Ham have changed their stance regarding Reece Oxford once again, with The Daily Mail stating Manuel Pellegrini is ready to send him on loan.
The 19-year-old spent last year with Borussia Monchengladbach, only returning to East London for a short cameo in January, and was a transfer target for the German side until Sky Sports reported that Oxford had committed his future to the Hammers.
That seemed to suggest that Oxford would get his head down and work to establish himself in the first-team but Pellegrini seems to have another plan in mind, as the Hammers will now seek to offload the teenager before the end of August.
While Reece Oxford is likely to get more regular appearances on loan elsewhere, West Ham simply do not have the depth to allow the 19-year-old to leave and would certainly live to regret their decision further down the line.
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Capable of playing in midfield or at the heart of defence, the versatile teenager has the capabilities of becoming West Ham’s strongest candidate to play a holding midfield role in Pellegrini’s side – a position that has already caused problems this season.
Neither Jack Wilshere or Mark Noble are suited to the role, while 32-year-old summer acquisition Carlos Sanchez is not a long-term solution to a problem that has been present for the Hammers throughout the past few seasons.
Pedro Obiang remains a contender for the position but hasn’t managed to nail down a spot in recent years, raising questions on his suitability, while the Hammers also saw their depth take a hit in this area when Edimilson Fernandes was allowed to join Fiorentina on loan.
If Oxford does go it also suggests that Pellegrini isn’t willing to work with and improve the club’s young players – something that should concern the supporters who will always love to see youth starlets in the starting XI.