Middlesbrough are interested in signing West Ham defender, Reece Oxford after his potential transfer to Ausburg seems to have hit a stumbling block according to the Telegraph.
The report claims that both parties have failed to come to an agreement over a deal for Oxford, as the German club don’t want a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave if they are relegated.
The defender made eight appearances for Ausburg in his loan spell with the club in the second-half of last season.
Oxford could be available for as little as £2m for English sides this summer, and Middlesbrough will be hoping to beat West Brom into signing the youngster.
Boro are set to appoint Jonathan Woodgate as their new manager, and he’ll be keen to make new signings to his squad as they look to challenge for promotion back into the Premier League.
But would Oxford be a good signing for Middlesbrough?
“I think this would be a great signing for Boro.
“Oxford is a very talented player who has impressed over in Germany, and he can play anywhere, whether that be in defence or in defensive midfield.
“He’s still at a good age, and under a new manager at Middlesbrough, there is no reason to suggest why he can’t reignite his once promising career at the Riverside.”
“This would be a real coup.
“Oxford has shown that he is a player with significant potential who could make it to the very top, and I hope that he can settle down as quickly as possible.
“I don’t think they’ll be able to beat West Brom to his signature, but if they did, then he would be a fantastic player to have in their squad as they challenge for a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League.”
“This would be a good signing by Middlesbrough.
“Oxford is a very good player, but he just needs a platform to express himself regularly and Middlesbrough would be a good fit for him.
“The Championship has proved to be a division in which young players can show what they’re all about and improve as a result.
“Oxford could be the next player to do so.”