West Ham United prospect Reece Oxford looks to have completed his anticipated season-long move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach where it is hoped he will earn first-team chances not currently on offer in London to help aid his development.
Oxford travelled to Germany to meet with Gladbach officials and was pictured on Monday night smiling with sporting director Max Eberl.
Oxford famously made his Premier League debut on opening weekend in August 2015 at the age of 16. He was still to receive his GCSE results at the time having only finished school just a few short weeks earlier, but earned rave reviews in the victory over Arsenal.
He had earlier played in three Europa League qualifiers for the Hammers and he retained his place in the team until the end of August, which included another famous win over Liverpool.
Opportunities were understandably few and far between for one so young thereafter, but Oxford then played even less in 2016/17. The teenage defender was selected for two Europa League games in August and finished the season on loan as a fringe player at Reading.
There is hope that in Germany he might match the achievements of Andreas Christensen, a player who went to Gladbach after struggling to break through at Chelsea and subsequently becoming one of the most talked about young defensive talents in Europe.
Oxford remains under contract at West Ham until June 2021 after signing a long-term deal with the club just last December.