According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Reece Oxford could be set for a move away this month. The 19-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side West Ham having come up through the ranks at the London Stadium, although he has since managed just 17 senior appearances to suggest that he’s not quite on the first team scene just yet.
And it appears that manager Manuel Pellegrini is willing to send him out on loan for the season, which should be of interest to Celtic and manager Brendan Rodgers, who must seek to add the £4.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) in a bid to end their testing summer on something of a high.
Ultimately, while new Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been busy down the road in the transfer market, the same cannot be said of Rodgers at Parkhead, with the Celtic boss managing to bring in just four new additions to his squad so far this summer.
Odsonne Edouard, Scott Bain, Emilio Izaguirre, and Daniel Arzani are the only men to have made their way to Celtic Park to generate much frustration and discontent among Bhoys supporters, especially now that their side are out of the Champions League after losing to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round.
Add in the furore surrounding the future of Dedryck Boyata, in which the centre back has reportedly refused to play for the club following a breakdown of a move to Fulham, and it’s fair to say that it has been a testing summer for manager Rodgers.
Yet were they to take advantage of recent reports by luring Oxford to Parkhead, they would at least finish the summer on a high.
The 19-year-old may not have broken through into the Hammers first team on a regular basis just yet, but the versatile defender has been regularly touted as one of the bright stars of English football having made his debut for the East London club at the tender age of 16.
Yes, loan spells at Rodgers’ former employers Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach haven’t worked out for the talented Englishman, yet there is no doubting that he has the potential to go on and become a quality player.
Significantly, Oxford’s arrival would go some way to boosting the centre back ranks at Parkhead, which has been something of a problem area for Rodgers in the early phase of the season as a result of Boyata’s reported refusal to play, as well as suspensions for both Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic.
What’s more, Oxford is also adept in a more defensive-minded midfield role to give Rodgers another viable option when it comes to how best to use the 19-year-old, with it seeming that he is need of a run of games to start fulfilling his undoubted potential – there’s a reason Manchester United were reportedly keen on the defender.
Thus, with Oxford’s short-term future seemingly away from West Ham, Celtic must seek to make a move for the 19-year-old, which would go some way to rounding off their testing summer on a high.
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