West Ham consider Reece Oxford loan, Aston Villa should make interest known

Aston Villa should make a play for Reece Oxford amid reports he will be allowed out on loan next season.

West Ham United midfielder Reece Oxford showed his immense talent on the first day of this season by shackling Mesut Ozil as the Hammers went to Arsenal and beat them at The Emirates.

Just 16 at the time, Oxford's display was wise beyond it's years, but since then West Ham have used him very sparingly, keen not to rush his development.

A report in the May 1st Sun on Sunday (p64) claimed West Ham are considering letting him go on loan next season to a Championship club, but only one that are promotion challengers.

This is where the already relegated Aston Villa should step in, as they begin rebuilding in an attempt to bounce back after a disastrous Premier League season.

A number of players are expected to exit this summer, while Oxford would add quality to their squad, able to play in two positions.

The teenager can play at centre-back and in defensive midfield, and the Championship would be a perfect environment in which to wise up and develop an edge to his game.

An edge over their rivals is just what Aston Villa are looking for, and it is better for them to sign Oxford for the season than allow him to go to a competitor and watch him star there.

Villa have a number of talented young players themselves, but Oxford has shown he is already up to the rigours of Premier League football, and he could help bring theirs along.

For Villa to be considered as credible option for Oxford, they will have to show West Ham they have their house in order, starting with appointing a manager who has control over the team and transfer market, a move they are yet to make.

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