Borussia Mönchengladbach have bolstered their defensive options by signing England youth international Reece Oxford on loan from West Ham United for the 2017/18 campaign.

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The 18-year-old, who spent the first half of this year at Championship club Reading, will be available to Gladbach manager Dieter Hecking for the whole of next season.   

Oxford, who can also operate in defensive midfield, made his competitive debut for West Ham at the age of 16. The highly-rated London native featured in seven league games for the Hammers in the 2015/16 campaign but his progress was slowed by an ankle injury last October.

After linking up with Reading in January, he played five times during his short-term deal with the English second-tier club.

Oxford’s arrival should help compensate for the departure of Danish centre back Andreas Christensen, who has returned to Chelsea after spending the last two years on loan with the Foals.

He is Gladbach’s fourth signing of the close season following the arrivals of attacking midfielder Vincenzo Grifo from Freiburg, 17-year-old French central midfielder Mickael Cuisance from Nancy and Swiss international Denis Zakaria from Young Boys.

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