Oxford United finally tied up one of the transfer sagas of the summer by taking Chris Cadden to the Kassam on a season-long loan deal, as confirmed by their Twitter feed.
It’s a murky deal which has seen the former Motherwell man arrive in Oxfordshire via the MLS. He signed for Columbus Crew after leaving Motherwell, then found himself loaned back to Oxford. Had he moved straight to Karl Robinson’s side, the fee could have been as high as £300,000.
Instead, Columbus are likely to pay around £30,000, something that’s prompted Motherwell to threaten to take the whole affair to FIFA for their view.
Cadden was unveiled ahead of Oxford’s friendly with Fulham last night, a game in which he started as they drew 1-1. How he ended up in the yellow of Oxford will mean very little once the season kicks off and Robinson was delighted to finally have added a third new face this summer.
“Firstly it is a very strong signing for us because Chris is a full international who we have admired for a while now,” he told the club’s official site.
“He played alongside Alex Gorrin last season, can play anywhere down that right hand side and has settled in very quickly here in Oxford. It has taken a while to be able to complete the paperwork but we believe that when the fans see Chris play they will agree that it was worth the wait.”
U’s fans were similarly delighted to have finally got the deal over the line, but there is plenty of backlash from other supporters who think the smell of the deal just isn’t quite right.
I’m sure the usual moaners like @mickoufc will complain it’s not a centre back or a striker
— Matt Hutton (@HuttonMatt) July 23, 2019
A bit of underhand business going on here, not in the spirit of the game,give @MotherwellFC what they are due in develepment fees
— Ronnie Young (@HibbyRon) July 23, 2019
Absolutely disgusting from @OUFCOfficial hope you get taken to the cleaners after fifa investigation
— Craig Robertson (@crug76) July 23, 2019
— Holy Boli (@FonaldQ) July 23, 2019
Sends out a poor message. Teams rely on development fees to keep youth academies going and bringing through players. Find your way of signing players disgraceful.
— Colin F (@radioheid) July 23, 2019
Very dodgy transfer. Bad precedent.
— Kevin Rinchey (@broomhilldons) July 23, 2019
Sneaky move ina so they dinna have te pay compo for him. Oxford are nobodies, strange move for him
— Paul (@Paul_Coull) July 23, 2019