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Are West Ham set to allow this starlet to leave?

Are West Ham set to allow this starlet to leave?

West Ham United are reportedly open to the option of selling Reece Oxford this summer, if a suitable offer is made for the youngster.

Oxford burst onto the Premier League scene back in August 2015 when he became the second-youngest starter in the Premier League of all time. The then 16-year-old played a vital part in the Hammers’ 2-0 victory over Arsenal on the opening day of the season and was tipped for stardom, many believed he could well go onto replicate Sir Bobby Moore and become one of the best ever.

But the defender has failed to make much of his Hammers’ career ever since, and saw his game time severely limited before being loaned to Reading and German side Borussia Monchengladbach – both of which he failed to make the mark at.

Now it seems the Hammers are prepared to sell centre-back, if an offer of around £10m is offered. Oxford only recently signed a new four-and-a-half year contract at the London Stadium, despite interest from a host of top clubs including Manchester United and Manchester City, but now his exit from the club looks imminent.

It could end up being a case of what might have been for the 19-year-old, who three years ago would’ve been one of the favourites to be in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup. The youngster demonstrated multiple traits that stood him in good stead for a role in the national side, but perhaps his time at the Hammers is running out – especially with the numerous defensive options Pellegrini has at his disposal.

However, Oxford is of course still very young, and it’s possible he could just be set for another loan move. But regardless of whether he stays or goes it surely is around the right time for him to step up and show what he’s capable of.

Oxford has made two appearances for the Hammers during their pre-season so far though, with Pellegrini bringing him on as a substitute against both FC Winterthur and Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.