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Nottingham Forest target Reece Oxford was once an £18m Guardiola target

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Nottingham Forest target Reece Oxford was once an £18m Guardiola target

Nottingham Forest are chasing the one-time wonderkid.

Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for West Ham United talent Reece Oxford this week.

Sky Sports are reporting that Nottingham Forest are in talks with West Ham over the 20-year-old. Eintracht Frankfurt are also keen, with an £8 million price-tag being mooted.

It is certainly a far cry from where Oxford was in 2016.

 

The centre-back, who can also play in holding midfield, burst onto the scene back in 2015 by shackling Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil when he was in top form.

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But contract wrangles, sub-par performances and the emergence of Declan Rice have since left Oxford a forgotten man.

Back in 2016, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City were in a long queue for his services. Pep Guardiola, according to The Telegraph, sent scouts to watch him and made an official approach for his services. The Daily Mail suggested West Ham wanted £18 million for the player, such was his precocious talent.

Now, it appears Forest could get him for £10 million less. If he goes on to finally live up to his previous expectations, then it could prove to be an absolute bargain.

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