Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has told the Bundesliga's official website that he is confident the German club can sign West Ham's Reece Oxford permanently because of one reason.
The 19-year-old rejoined Gladbach on loan until the end of the season in January, after David Moyes recalled the England youth international last month from the Bundesliga giants.
The Hammers are well-stocked at centre-back with James Collins, Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid and Jose Fonte, so Moyes felt it was okay to let Oxford return to Germany.
However, Eberl is confident of agreeing a permanent deal as he believes Gladbach's past of bringing through young stars such as Denis Zakaria, Nico Elvedi and Granit Xhaka, who all started in the German side's academy.
"Reece is very happy here and we’re very happy that he’s got another half-season with us. There is a third party, though, West Ham, who have a contract with Reece. Of course, we accept that. Hope springs eternal," Eberl said.
Asked how he could convince a young player, such as Oxford, to join Gladbach, Eberl said: "Through our authenticity and what we’ve built and demonstrated in the last few years. When a young player comes, we can name 10 or perhaps even 15 players who have progressed incredibly at Borussia Mönchengladbach."
Oxford managed just four appearances before the winter break at Gladbach, but those four outings came in the club's last four matches before Christmas.
The teen has more than three years remaining on his current contract but he could well be sold in the summer as Gladbach make their interest public.