West Ham United are set to prematurely recall promising centre-back Reece Oxford from his season long loan at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mochengladbach, but will keep him for the first team instead of selling him.
West Ham to recall Oxford from Gladbach and target Schürrle https://t.co/MMZGuPxIQf— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) December 28, 2017
However, a report by the Guardian has now rubbished both of these claims by suggesting that manager David Moyes is wanting to keep him at the club as he looks to bulk up his squad to guide the Hammers away from relegation.
Gladbach were hoping to make the move permanent for the bargain fee of £5.5m before Leipzig came in with their embarrassment of riches and re-expressed their interest in a player they've been monitoring since the summer of 2016.
Told that West Ham do not intend to sell Reece Oxford to RB Leipzig. Plan at present is to recall him from loan and include him in first-team squad.— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) December 28, 2017
Leipzig were "confident" that a bid of £8m rising to £17m would be enough to land the England Under-20 international but Moyes has instead decided to activate a clause in his loan contract to bring him back to the London Stadium this January.
The Scotsman is particularly looking at defensive midfielders and centre-backs this transfer window, two roles that Oxford can fluidly interchange between with his valuable versatility.
He has impressed recently despite a slow start to life in the Bundesliga, only making three appearances this season which has disappointed Hammers fans hoping it would be his opportunity to kick on.
The 19-year-old rose to fame when he became West Ham's youngest ever player in 2015 but his career has since stagnated after an ankle injury and an unproductive loan to Championship side Reading last year.