Reece Oxford joins Augsburg from West Ham on a permanent deal… four years after his stunning top flight debut (and with only two more Premier League starts to his name!)
- Reece Oxford has now officially left West Ham and signed for Augsburg
- It comes four years after his stunning Premier League debut against Arsenal
- Oxford had a series of loan moves after failing to earn a regular Hammers spot
- He spent the second half of last season at Augsburg playing eight times
Reece Oxford has officially brought his eight-year spell with West Ham United to an end after signing with German club Augsburg.
The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal which will keep him with the Bundesliga club until 2023.
Oxford’s switch comes a whole four years after he made one of the most impressive debuts in recent Premier League years, featuring for the Hammers against London rivals Arsenal – and in doing so becoming the second-youngest starter in Premier League history
Reece Oxford has left West Ham and signed a four-year deal with German side Augsburg
Oxford, starting the high pressure game as a 16-year-old, was tasked with marking World Cup winner Mesut Ozil and keeping the German quiet.
It was a task Oxford managed with remarkable ease, dominating his opponent despite his tender years and likewise holding his own against Aaron Ramsey.
Oxford covered every blade of grass in the game, which West Ham went to win 2-0, and was immediately tipped for the brightest of futures.
Things since that point did not quite go to plan, with the youngster failing to establish himself as a senior West Ham star as expected.
The move comes four years after Oxford’s remarkable debut as a 16-year-old against Arsenal
Oxford featured recently in pre-season for the Hammers before sealing his departure
Since stealing the show at the Emirates in 2015, Oxford made just six Premier League appearances in total quickly became a footballing nomad.
Earning just a further two top-flight starts since the Arsenal victory, Oxford sought to reignite his career in German football with a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The versatile defender then made the temporary switch to Augsburg, where he impressed enough during his eight appearances last season to earn a permanent move.
‘I felt very comfortable in the city during my loan spell last season and would like to step the next step in my development here in the Bundesliga,’ said Oxford upon completing the move.
The 20-year-old has switched clubs for an undisclosed fee.
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