Borussia Mönchengladbach have agreed a loan deal with West Ham United for Reece Oxford. The 18-year-old defender will join the Fohlenelf on a contract running until June 2018.
“Reece Oxford has played for England at youth level and is considered one of the country’s best young defensive talents,” said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. “This loan deal gives us the chance to add a very interesting player to our squad. On top of that, we’ve had good experience with signing young Premier League players in the recent past.”
Premier League debut at 16
Oxford joined West Ham’s youth setup from Tottenham Hotspur in summer 2011. He went on to make his Premier League debut with the Hammers, starting against Arsenal on 9th August 2015 at just 16 years old to become the second-youngest player to ever feature in a Premier League starting XI. He made six more appearances in the English top flight that season, while also captaining West Ham’s reserves in a number of games.
Over 30 international caps at youth level
Other than two appearances in Europa League qualifying, Oxford didn’t feature for West Ham’s first team last season, with an ankle injury keeping him out of the reckoning for a long period. He joined Reading on loan in January, playing in the Championship five times. Oxford has regularly featured for England since U15 level, winning more than 30 caps for the Three Lions’ various youth sides.