Hammers unhappy as top prospect ignored


Oxford-604905West Ham are carefully watching the situation surrounding Reece Oxford at Reading where the outstanding Irons prospect has failed to feature since joining on loan.

The 18 year old is with the Royals until the end of the season and there is disappointment within the club that he has been ignored so far by manager Jaap Stam.

Oxford opted for the chance to join Reading after considering offers from Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Scottish Premier outfit Rangers.

But his failure to make any sort of appearance is a big disappointment to West Ham who saw this as an ideal opportunity for him to get serious game time at Championship level particularly with the Royal chasing promotion back to the Premier League.

At the time he joinedΒ Reading chief executive Nigel Howe told the club’s official website

“Reece was a player who was wanted on loan by a number of clubs and we are absolutely delighted to have secured his services for the remainder of the season,” .

“He is young, but hungry for success and I am sure he will prove an excellent addition to our squad and learn a lot during his spell under Jaap Stam at Reading.”

However, he has so far been totally ignored in terms of a first team place as the Royals have moved into fifth place ten points off leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.

A Hammers source said: “It’s unfortunate – he needs game time and hopefully he will soon enter the manager’s plans.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammer and Pickle says:

    Im glad im not the only one fed up with them Lama.I havnt even been able to use it all day on my dog because of an LG washing machine pop up that you cant delete.It just sits over the site & you cant get rid of it to read articles or comment.I gave up in the end..pfff.

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    Even worse is the fact that the ‘Stanza’ ad is offering tickets for the Chelsea game, which it reckons is at 15:00 on a Saturday 4 March.

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    I know I’ve been told before by the hierarchy that adds pay the bills but while you are reading the adds appear in your face.Bad manners I would have thought for a start.Enough said.

    • Roman says:

      P.S.Bring Oxford home if you can and let him learn the hard way in the first team.I don’t mean bench warming all year either.I reckon he’s been messed about enough.IMHO

  • Stan The Man says:

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    It may pay the bills but it will kill the readership numbers eventually!

  • whitehp says:

    Feel all your pain. Been saying for some time, there’s only so many petals your willing to peel back before you taste the nectar. Crashes my session almost every time.
    Cash is king, but why do these firms think I will part with my cash after you just bombed my tranquility.

  • John says:

    I’m fine with ads. I think when other sites whinge about keeping their site ad free they’re just being selfish. It’s like ” you keep providing this site for me out of your own pocket ok?” But sadly there is an acceptable level and there is too much and I’m afraid C&H has reached too much!!

    It’s the pop ups I hate that closes the site when you close it down meaning you have to log in again.

    Still on the plus side I’ve just seen the new BMW 5 series just now. Think I’ll go and buy one.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Lol John,yeah dont get me wrong i have no problem with ads,never had when they are at the top or down the sides but when you have them in the middle of the article it is a pain in the ass.I had Weight Watchers ads yesterday,cheeky b*stards πŸ˜‚
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  • John says:

    Lol Rads. I’m reliably informed that we all get different ads based on what interests us. So if you are a builder that frequently googles building materials, greasy spoon cafes and how to lose weight then those are the ads that crop up on your phone. I’ve no idea why I get ads for porn, dogging and todger enlargement – I expect someone has my log in details πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Talking of nappy wearing I see The Original Miserable One has written to the organisers of the Worlds Best New Stadium to complain that the London Stadium should be disqualified from the process because he doesn’t like it. You couldn’t make it up. Who needs opposition fans hating on us when we have him? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • I have written to ad partners and we are dealing with this lads. Bear with us…may take a few days

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      Lol John,ok you got me intrigued about this stadium stuff.Yeah just saw it.Same old miserable b*stards from before when i used to read it.Nothings changed,nothing better to do with their lives than moan about the stadium or send tosspot emails.Thats what happens when you get old & have nothing better to do in life πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Dan says:

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      Its a pity they wasnt still sat in their precious Upton Park as the bulldozers steamed in!!!

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Nice one Hugh,listen mate been using the site for years as you know but the ad partners you have are on a feeding frenzy at the moment i think.I totally understand why you have ads,that is to pay for the site,not a problem but the ad lot seem to be going crazy recently.Thanks anyway 😁
    John yeah i know how it works,i think the weight watchers ad was because i was on a site called Big & Bouncy yesterday.But it was only an inflatable bouncy castle site of course πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • John says:

    Lmao Rads πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Nice one Hughie.

  • Hammer and Pickle says:

    I feel this mans pain as i had to send a strongly worded email to a fella in Estonia yesterday who had a Ten Most Beautiful Lidls In The World poll running.I was up in arms when i saw the one in Manor Park included.It is a recycled building so doesnt count as far as im concerned.Im yet to hear back from him lmao

  • lokfaen says:

    Gents, as for the ads try installing adblock. This is a free extension you can use with google Chrome. Just Google ADBLOCK and install it – it removes most of the annoying in-your-face ads.

    As for Oxford, and correct me if I’m wrong, we are unable to recall loan players outside of transfer windows due to some new rules?

  • John says:

    that Lidl in Manor Park is the nuts I can’t believe it’s been overlooked. It’s a thing of beauty. It’s disgusting, disgusting I say, that it’s been overlooked. I blame Sullivan Gold and Brady.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

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