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West Ham’s Reece Oxford completes most surprising move of the summer

The 18-year-old has joined Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for a year

Seven Englishmen have played in the Bundesliga. Can you name them, without looking on Wikipedia?

We’ll put you out of your misery. They are, drum roll please, Mark Farrington, Owen Hargreaves, Peter Hobday, Kevin Keegan, Michael Mancienne, Dave Watson and Tony Woodcock.

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Brits Abroad

Some list, we’re sure you’ll agree.

But seven is about to become eight, with West Ham defender Reece Oxford signing for Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan.

The player’s management confirmed the move in an Instagram post.

Congratulations to @reeceoxford and @Borussia Monchengladbach 🌍🌐🌏….

A post shared by Colossal Sports MGT (@colossalsportsmgt) on

The 18-year-old attracted plenty of attention when he pocketed Mesut Ozil on the first day of last season, but he’s struggled to kick on since then.

Look closely and you’ll see Mesut Ozil in his back pocket

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Look closely and you’ll see Mesut Ozil in his back pocket

He played just twice for West Ham last season, with both appearances coming in the Europa League, before moving to Reading on loan.

While, on paper, Jaap Stam seemed the perfect man for Oxford to learn from, in reality the deal did little for his development and saw him play just five times.

The Hammers will be hoping the Bundesliga, which has earned a reputation as being a league that promotes youngsters, will be a better experience.

Training with Andy Carroll is clearly paying off

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Training with Andy Carroll is clearly paying off

Monchengladbach finished ninth in the Bundesliga last season although they were only four points of Cologne in fifth place.

But with Andreas Christensen heading back to Chelsea and Mahmoud Dahoud joining Borussia Dortmund there are gaps in both defence and midfield.

If Oxford does, as expected, make the season-long deal he’ll link up with Eden Hazard’s brother, Thorgan.

Like Eden, just not quite as good

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Like Eden, just not quite as good

Mancienne was the last English defender to go over to Germany, playing three seasons with Hamburg.

However his last season at the club nearly ended in the worst way possible, with Hamburg narrowly avoiding relegation to the second division for a first time ever.

Let’s hope Oxford is slightly more successful.


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