Oxford completes loan-deal

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach have finalised the loan signing of West Ham defender Reece Oxford.

The 18-year-old centre-back, who joined the Hammers as a youth-team player from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, will spend the 2017/18 season with the Bundesliga side.

An England Under-20 International, Oxford spent part of last term on loan at Reading.

Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl told the club's official website: "Reece Oxford has played for England at youth level and is considered one of the country’s best young defensive talents.

"This loan deal gives us the chance to add a very interesting player to our squad. On top of that, we’ve had good experience with signing young Premier League players in the recent past.”

And Oxford, who became the second-youngest Premier League player ever when he started against Arsenal as a 16-year-old, expressed his delight at the loan move.

He said: "From my first impressions, it looks good. The stadium looks good, people around the stadium seem to be welcoming, so hopefully, I can just kick on now and get to know the boys when I get into training next week."

He added: "I think that I’m a good leader and that I can push the boys even though I’m young. I’ll give it my all in every game, so hopefully, the team can do that and we can just push on this season."