Augsburg manager hoping to sign West Ham's Reece Oxford permanently

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

Reece Oxford is on loan at Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg but does he have a future in the Premier League with West Ham United?

Reece Oxford of FC Augsburg controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Hertha BSC at WWK-Arena on May 11, 2019 in Augsburg, Germany.

Augsburg coach Martin Schmidt has suggested to Kicker that the Bundesliga club will look to sign Reece Oxford on a permanent basis from West Ham United this summer – if they can afford him.

The London-born youngster was tipped to follow in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and co when he shone on his first-team debut back in 2015, producing a fine performance in a 2-0 away win at Arsenal at the age of just 16.

 

But Oxford has struggled to build on that outstanding start to his senior career, hardly helped by the sacking of coach Slaven Bilic two years after that eye-catching display at The Emirates.

The now-20-year-old has shown signs of rebuilding his reputation since joining Augsburg on loan in January, making seven appearances so far for the Bavarian outfit.

Head coach Martin Schmidt of FC Augsburg looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Hertha BSC at WWK-Arena on May 11, 2019 in Augsburg, Germany.

"He certainly has the potential to become a big player,” Augsburg coach Schmidt said when asked about a permanent move for Oxford.

"He certainly has qualities, but he must not cost anything [more than we can afford]. It has to be in the budget."

Sky Sports claimed recently that Augsburg would have to pay £8 million to sign Oxford in the summer, the club seemingly willing to break their transfer record for a talented defender who will be hoping to follow Jadon Sancho’s lead in Germany’s top flight.

Nils Petersen of Freiburg in action against Reece Oxford of Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and FC Augsburg at Schwarzwald-Stadion on February 23, 2019 in...

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