Borussia have agreed to terms with English club West Ham United on a new loan deal for defender Reece Oxford. The 19-year-old will help to strengthen the Foals defence until the end of the season.
Oxford had already spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia from West Ham. He made three appearances for the Fohlenelf in the Bundesliga, starting two of them. His made his debut in the away match at TSG Hoffenheim when he came on as a last-minute substitution. He played in defence away at Freiburg, but in midfield alongside Michaël Cuisance in central midfield in the following match against HSV. West Ham recalled the defensive all-rounder during the winter break. He has made two appearances in the FA Cup for the Premier League club. "We're happy that we've managed to get Reece back on board," said Borussia's sporting director, Max Eberl. "He showed his huge potential at just before the winter break and we're confident that he will be able to help us as throughout the rest of the season."
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.