Oxford United are keen to sign Bristol City striker Matty Taylor permanently in the January transfer window.
Taylor joined his hometown club in the summer on a season-long loan deal, and after a sticky start, he’s now scored six times in his last nine games to help establish the U’s firmly in the League One promotion frame.
The twenty-nine-year-old is out of contract next summer. The situation means unless the Championship outfit offers him a new deal, which seems highly unlikely, they could settle for a sale in January to ensure they receive a fee for a player who could leave for nothing in the summer.
Oxford boss Karl Robinson made no secret of his desire to sign the forward, who started his career at the U’s, when he spoke to the Banbury Cake. He said: ‘If you said to me ‘what’s your wish-list?’ I think we all know Matty Taylor is one we’d like to do.’
Bristol Live are speculating that it would make sense for the Robins to recall Taylor for the second half of the campaign to bolster their sparse attacking options.
However, they also claim that Taylor is desperate to leave Ashton Gate. They claim a deal to go to Charlton fall through on deadline day and suggest it’s unlikely he would want to return to Bristol to provide squad cover for Andi Weimann and Famara Diedhiou, leaving the door open for a permanent deal at Oxford United if a fee can be agreed.
If Karl Robinson manages to do this deal, it will be massive for Oxford United.
Taylor is good enough for the Championship, but the way Oxford are playing, he could well be turning out for them in the second tier next season.
He seems happy back at his first club, and the chances must be high Robinson can fight off likely Championship interest in January to land his man on a permanent deal.