WEST HAM are prepared to offload teenager Reece Oxford in a permanent deal to Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 18-year-old defender is currently on loan with the Bundesliga outfit and was set to return to the Hammers in January after playing just a minute of football in Germany.
But things looked to have turned around for the defender, despite one cameo appearance in October for fourth-placed Gladbach.
Despite his lack of game time, the German club are happy with his progresswhile Oxford is starting to adapt to life in the Bundesliga and could make his full debut tonight at Freiburg.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has been more than happy with stylish defender since his arrival last summer.
He told Rheinische Post: “He’s a top lad, he’s come on well and we’re very happy with him.
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“It takes time to find your feet in the Bundesliga, but we certainly want him to stay this season but West Ham now have the final say.”
New Hammers boss David Moyes is not prepared to stand in the defender’s way and a cut-price £6million deal could be agreed to make the move permanent in January.
Oxford burst on the scene in 2015 after starring in the Hammers opening day win at Arsenal and signed a five-year contract on his 17th birthday.
The youngster attracted the attention of a host of clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United.
Red Bull Leipzig bid £10m for Oxford two years ago before they were promoted to the German top flight.
The defender could follow Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund as another English teenager snubbing the Premier League to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga.