Arsenal and Everton are both ‘seriously considering’ making an offer to sign West Ham United’s Reece Oxford, according to reports.
Most Arsenal fans will remember Oxford’s debut game back in 2015, playing as a defensive midfielder in a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. At the time, it seemed like the youngster had a massive future ahead of him, but he’s never really had any chances to nail down a spot in the West Ham team since then.
This season so far, Oxford has solely appeared for the West Ham u23s, playing as a centre-back and catching the eye of a couple of the bigger clubs. He hasn’t even made Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team squad on a single occasion.
The Mirror write that Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his defensive options in January, and thinks the 20-year-old could help him do that. However, the English outlet adds later in the article that Arsenal might also consider waiting until the summer. Either way, it seems the defender is on their shortlist.
Oxford has a contract with West Ham until 2021, but it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get any opportunities at the club. He’s played seven minutes of Premier League football since March 2016.
Last season, Oxford went on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach, though he struggled to get a consistent run in the team.
He made just eight appearances, though did seem to be breaking into the side after three consecutive league starts in February to March, before suffering an injury that kept him to just one further appearance until the end of the season. Perhaps his u23 games since then have shown Arsenal he’s still got potential though. We’ll see.