Derby County manager Frank Lampard will surely want to sign a new defender before Thursday’s 11pm deadline.
The Rams have been active in the January transfer window so far, completing the signing of former Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole, on a free transfer. Lampard must be desperate to bolster his defence further with just two senior centre-backs at his disposal. One injury could be damaging to their hopes of finishing in the play-off places.
A congested fixture list will only add to Lampard’s fears with Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori featuring together in 32 of Derby’s 35 matches this season. Adding cover for the starting defenders is imperative on deadline day.
One man Lampard could target is West Ham outcast – Reece Oxford. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old is a graduate of the club’s famed youth academy and was expected to develop into a crucial first-team player. However, after various failed loan spells in Germany, Oxford has found himself out of favour under Manuel Pellegrini. The defender desperately needs first-team football and moving to Pride Park could be just what he needs to relaunch his career.
The Englishman remains one of the top prospects in the country and could thrive in the Championship. Oxford is an excellent defender who would prove to be a useful rotation option for Lampard. As well as being comfortable on either side of the defence, Oxford is also capable of featuring in defensive midfield.
Under Lampard’s tutelage, Oxford could finally realise his massive potential – a loan move with the option to buy could prove to be a masterstroke.
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