Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for West Ham starlet Reece Oxford in 2019 and now he’s eyeing a move back to England.
According to The Mirror, the Reds were keen to take the youngster on loan, with a view to signing him for £8 million at the end of the deal.
That move never materialised and instead, he moved to Augsburg in the Bundesliga for £3 million.
Now, it would seem as though he has his heart set on a move to England, despite the fact he’s impressing in Germany.
The 23-year-old has made 23 appearances during 2021/22 featuring as a mainstay at the heart of the team’s back four.
His time at West Ham didn’t quite live up to the billing that his debut promised. In 2015, he stole the show with a dominant performance during a game against Arsenal in the Premier League.
With that in mind, Oxford feels there is some unfinished business in England and is eyeing a return.
He told The Telegraph: “I am from England and I do want to come home.
“I am not going to spend my whole career out here. For me, it was about getting recognition.
“People would say, ‘yeah, he’s a good player but he’s not playing enough’.
“I can now say, ‘well, I have played this amount of games, so you can’t say that anymore’.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders in that sense.”
Should Forest move for Oxford?
The former Hammers star certainly fits the profile of a player that would typically be targeted by Steve Cooper and Dane Murphy.
At 23, he has bags of time on his side and he’s a player who can operate as a centre-back or as a holding midfielder.
Given that Oxford now has a decent amount of top-flight experience to his name, he probably wouldn’t come cheap.
As a result, the ship might have sailed for Forest, although that doesn’t mean he’s not the sort of player the club should be looking at.
Joe Worrall could depart the City Ground in the summer. With that in mind, Oxford might just prove to be the ideal replacement for the homegrown star.