West Brom are interested in signing West Ham defender, Reece Oxford, as his move to Ausburg looks to have fallen through according to the Telegraph.
The potential move to the German side has hit a stumbling block as they aren’t prepared to add a clause in his contract that allows him to leave if they are relegated.
This has heightened interest from both West Brom and Middlesbrough into signing the young defender, who could be available for as little as £2m.
The Baggies will surely be the frontrunners now to sign Oxford, especially if they appoint their leading candidate as their new manager.
It has been reported by Sky Sports News, that Slaven Bilic is set to take charge at the Hawthorns, which could tilt any potential deal in signing Oxford in West Brom’s favour.
Bilic handed Oxford his senior debut back in 2015 for West Ham, and the 20-year-old will surely be tempted by the opportunity of working under Bilic again.
But would Oxford be a good signing for the Baggies?
“I think that it’s about time he settled down somewhere.
“He has enjoyed promising loan spells in Germany, and I’m surprised to see him not stay there permanently given his lack of game time in England.
“He is a very versatile player though, and his ability to play as a centre-half or in holding midfield would make him a very useful option for whoever takes the reins at the Hawthorns.
“Slaven Bilic will know about him, given his time at West Ham too.”
“This could prove to be a real coup, and the success of the transfer could take people by surprise.
“Oxford has promised so much, but his development has stagnated in recent years.
“He has moved around too much and not got enough game time under his belt. West Brom would be able to offer him that and he could work alongside Slaven Bilic once again – the first manager who showed faith in his ability.”
“This would be a really smart bit of business.
“Oxford could be playing at a higher level than the Championship in my opinion, and this would be a terrific signing by the Baggies if they can pull it off.
“If Bilic is to be named as their new manager, then I can see this potential deal happening, as he’s the man to give Oxford his big break in the first place.
“They need versatile options in their squad, and Oxford would fit in perfectly.”