Oxford United have seen a big bid for on-loan defender Chris Cadden rejected by his parent club, Columbus Crew, as reported by the Witney Gazette.
The Scottish right back has been in superb form for the League One promotion hopefuls, setting up a goal as they beat Walsall this afternoon in the FA Cup. However, he’s only borrowed from the MLS side and they’ve turned down what manager Karl Robinson describes as a ‘club record’ bid.
“They’ve rejected it, so that’s the end of it,” he said of the bid.
“We’ve half known that to an extent. Let me tell you, the bid was very high as well. To be fair to Tiger (Oxford chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth), he didn’t want to haggle. We had an amount of money, which would break my record transfer – for a right back in League One.”
Cadden’s move to Oxford caused controversy in the summer. He had been the subject of interest from the U’s, but the level of compensation they’d have to pay his parent club was high. Instead, he switched to America for a far lower fee, only to join Oxford on loan.
It had been seen as a way of sidestepping the responsibility of paying Motherwell a fee, but the latest news seems to suggest they’re not getting him on a permanent deal, although Robinson still hasn’t ruled it out.
“That’s the board doing everything they can,” he added. “We’ll have to wait and see. They (Columbus) might change their mind, you just don’t know.”
Is the deal being refused the first step in a transfer saga in which Motherwell and FIFA pay substantial interest? or is he genuinely wanted back Stateside after his impressive spell in the UK?
Either way, the 23-year-old is in top form and looking to be a wise acquisition for any team. The best thing for him is probably to head over to the MLS, a high-profile league in one of the biggest countries in the world.
It remains to be seen how high Oxford are prepared to go, but they’ll need a decent budget to convince Columbus Crew to sell a player who, as yet, hasn’t kicked a ball for them.