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Oxford set for 17million switch?

Filed: Thursday, 28th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Teenage defender Reece Oxford is set to join RB Leipzig on a permanent basis, according to reports from Germany.

The 19-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he has made three appearances thus far this season.

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However a report in respected German daily Bild today claims that Oxford's loan is set to be cut short so that West Ham may sell him to Monchengladbach's Bundesliga rivals Leipzig, who are said to have agreed a 17million deal.

The German club saw a 10million bid for the Edmonton-born defender rejected in July 2016 - at the same time Manchester City had a 15million offer rejected.

However another report from Germany insists that Gladbach are also seeking to make Oxford's loan permanent, with sporting director Max Eberl telling bundesliga.com that talks have already begun.

"We want to keep hold of him after the winter," he said. "We have inquired about the possibilities of a purchase and exploratory talks are underway. Good Bundesliga players are always of interest for us."

West Ham, who are yet to comment on the speculation, have consistently denied previous reports linking Oxford - one of the most highly-rated youngsters to emerge via the club's Academy in recent seasons - with a move away from the club.

And further speculation suggests that the Hammers intend to retain the services of Oxford, and could recall him to the club as early as next month.

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