Reece Oxford could feature for West Ham after David Moyes confirms defender's return
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 29/12/17 5:52pm
Reece Oxford is set to assist West Ham's relegation fight after manager David Moyes confirmed they will "work with" the defender on his return from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Hammers have recalled the 19-year-old from a season-long loan in Germany despite Monchengladbach being one of two Bundesliga clubs keen to sign him on a permanent deal.
Moyes, whose side are a point above the relegation zone ahead of a crucial clash against fellow strugglers West Brom on January 2, confirmed Oxford "will come back".
"We will take a look at him and see how he is," he said. "I hope we can help improve him. I've only just met him, but I know he is well thought of here and we will work with him."
Oxford, who can also play in defensive-midfield, played only four times for Monchengladbach this season but Sky Sports News understands they like what they have seen and expect the England U20 to develop into a top player.
Monchengladbach want to sign the defender on a permanent deal worth £5.5m, and RB Leipzig also harbour an interest, having attempted to sign him when he was just 17 in 2016.
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West Ham value Oxford highly too, however, and would not let him leave unless they received an exceptional offer, according to Sky sources.
Oxford, who signed a new West Ham contract last year that tied him to the club until 2021, has made 14 senior appearances for the Hammers.
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