UPDATED 09:40 31st January 2017
West Ham United defender Reece Oxford completed a deadline day move to the Madejski in January 2017, which will see him represent Jaap Stam’s Royals until the end of our 2016-17 campaign.
The highly-rated London-born centre-back first rose to prominence when he became the Hammers’ youngest ever player on debut aged 16 years and 198 days back in July 2015 and, in search of first team football away from United this year, he has been a much sought-after loan target during this January transfer window.
The Royals have swooped to tie him to a loan deal which will see him bolster the Royals squad and offer Stam more defensive options with 17 Championship battles left to fight after tonight’s trip to St Andrew’s.
Having made his Hammers debut at a record-breaking age in midfield in a UEFA Europa League qualifying win over FC Lusitanos, Oxford went on to start his first Premier League game the following month - playing the first 79 minutes of a 2–0 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates!
In the process, he became the second youngest Premier League starter of all time after Everton’s Jose Baxter in 2008.
Reece went on to captain England at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and his penalty helped the Three Lions defeat Spain in a play-off penalty shootout to qualify for the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.
During West Ham’s very impressive final season at Upton Park, Oxford helped to keep clean sheets at Anfield in August and at home to Spurs last March – and on his 18th birthday, Reece signed a four-and-a-half year contract at West Ham.
This season he has played his part in two Europa League fixtures for Slaven Bilic’s side’s but, having only turned 18 last month, Oxford will now look to get some competitive first team football under his belt as a Royal in the Championship.