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Off the mark and on his way?

Filed: Wednesday, 13th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

Reece Oxford has finally made his first competitive start for Borussia Mönchengladbach - nearly six months after he moved to Germany.

The 18-year-old centre half has spent the vast majority of his time in Germany kicking his heels on the bench waiting for an opportunity to shine - but was finally rewarded with his first start last night against Freiburg.

And although Mönchengladbach fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat, most observers felt that Oxford had a good game, albeit playing our of position as right wing back.

Meanwhile there has been fresh speculation regarding the teenager's future, with some sources suggesting West Ham are willing to sell the England youth international. A fee in the region of £6million has been mooted in some quarters.

Even though Oxford has barely featured for the club - his only previous Bundesliga appearance coming as a late substitute against Hoffenheim back in October - Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl insisted that he would be interested in signing him on a permanent basis.

Oxford, one of the most highly-rated youngsters to emerge from West Ham's Academy in recent years has made a total of 14 appearances for United's first team.

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