Discussions surrounding Oxford's future feel as though they have become a regular fixture of the transfer window in recent years. The defender has not managed to kick on as many expected him to when he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old playing out of position and putting Mesut Ozil in his pocket on his Premier League debut.
It does appear that a move away would be in everyone's best interests. And he does have options to leave the Irons this month, with Sky Sports reporting that Heerenveen have seen a loan bid rejected, while Forest and Eintracht Frankfurt had both been in talks over a potential deal.
Given the potential that Oxford showed when he broke into the first-team, there will probably be a number of fans who will continue to hold out some hope that he can still become the player that the club had such high hopes for.
But with Manuel Pellegrini yet to use him this season, it does appear that the 20-year-old may be starting to run out of time to prove that he can turn his West Ham situation around.
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