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Oxford Joins Reading: Not The Thames Valley Royals

31 January 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Oxford joining Reading is a nightmare headline from 1982 when Oxford United chairman Robert Maxwell announced his plans to merge Oxford with Reading. Thankfully that all fell through, Reading survived and went on to grow from strength to strength. We are now in the position to attract quality young players from the Premier League - such as Reece Oxford who completed his loan move to Reading this afternoon.

Oxford joins the Royals until the of the season from West Ham United. Oxford became Reading's second confirmed incoming transfer of deadline day, following Jordon Mutch who signed from Crystal Palace on loan earlier in the day. Oxford, who is unlikely to find his name printed on any replica shirts this season, has been signed to provide cover in the centre of defence where injuries have taken their toll on Jaap Stam's squad. Ilori has been out injured, McShane has been playing with a wrist injury, and Joey van den Berg picked up an injury this week. Oxford will be expected to come straight into the side next weekend.

Oxford made his West Ham debut aged just sixteen at the start of last season after becoming a professional with the Hammers. He went on to make 12 appearances last season, including 7 in the Premier League (3 starts and 4 from the bench). His opportunities have been more restricted this season and he has appeared just twice - both in Europa League fixtures. His move to Reading should give him plenty more first team action as he looks to build his career.

Meanwhile, yesterday's new signing, Adrian Popa who arrived from Steaua Bucharest on a permanent deal has managed to receive his international clearance. The clearance means Popa is cleared to play, and not only travelled with the team to Birmingham City for tonight's League fixture, but has been named on the bench and could now be set to make his Reading debut.

The final possible transfer of a busy transfer deadline day is the arrival, also on loan, of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban. Unlike some of the rumours during the day this one seems a strong possibility with the highly rated player unable to get match action at Bournemouth.

Twenty nine year old Grabban moved back to Bournemouth nearly exactly a year ago for 7 million pounds but his return spell has been dramatically less successful. In his return spell he has been restricted to having most of his match action from the bench and has scored just one goal from 22 appearances. Despite his lack of success in the Premier League Grabban was hugely successful in the Championship for both Bournemouth and then Norwich - and could be exactly what we need to keep us up at the top of the table.


Discussion On This Story:


» 30 Jan 2017 22:34

Apparently we are trying to hijack his loan move to Forest. According to daily mirror journo on twitter.


» 30 Jan 2017 22:34

I'd assume this would be to get some cover in defence.


» 30 Jan 2017 22:36

He was reported as a midfielder by the paper I read the Forest rumour in :shock:
(I thought he was a cb?)


» 30 Jan 2017 22:54

So how will it feel to have 'Oxford' on the back of a royals jersey :P


» 30 Jan 2017 23:14

He was reported as a midfielder by the paper I read the Forest rumour in :shock:
(I thought he was a cb?)

Has played in both positions but I think he is viewed as a CB.


» 30 Jan 2017 23:25

Reece OXFORD!? With a name like that, he shouldn't be anywhere near our club!

We might as well sign Reece Aldershot!



» 30 Jan 2017 23:38

Surely all it would say would be ******


» 30 Jan 2017 23:42

Thanks to the profanity filter on HNA, if we had to reference him we can just use some choice 4 letter swear words to save typing out those extra 2 letters in his surname.


» 31 Jan 2017 00:22

Might as well go the whole hog and throw Reece Swindon in on the deal too.


» 31 Jan 2017 01:14

100% yes based on purely nothing but MOTD highlights and early last season hype.

We do need some cover with Ilori out.


» 31 Jan 2017 09:18

With Illori out and Cooper on loan elsewhere, deal makes sense if we are now playing 3 CB's.

Not sure what it says about Dickie's chances of getting into the team though. Would rather we give one of our own a chance but Oxford does look very good on limited evidence.


» 31 Jan 2017 09:41

We could always offer Dickie to Forest on loan....

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