Report: West Ham youngster set to reject Borussia Monchengladbach in order to join Arsenal

A report published by The Mirror has claimed that West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has rejected a January transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach so that he can join Arsenal at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has previously spent two spells on loan with Monchengladbach in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Oxford is a product of the West Ham youth development system and became the club’s youngest ever player when he started in midfield during a 3-0 win against Andorran club Lusitanos in a Europa League first qualifying round first leg tie.

Though highly-rated, things have not gone according to plan at the London Stadium for Oxford.

Since being introduced to the Hammers first-team squad in 2014, he has only managed to make eight League appearances for the club.

During his three loans with Reading and Monchengladbach (twice), he also only managed 12 League appearances.

It appears now that West Ham are willing to sell Oxford. His current deal with the club is set to expire in 2021.

Arsenal have been long-term admirers of Oxford and previously wanted to sign him before he joined the Hammers as a youth player.

The youngster is expected to only cost in excess of £3 million which is a bargain in today’s football market.

While he is unproven at the highest level, he could prove to be a bargain in the long-run if he joins Arsenal and Unai Emery helps him to make the most of his potential.