The Banbury Cake is reporting that Oxford United have been knocked back in their attempts to sign two players in this transfer window.
The Us are looking impressive in League One this season, climbing to fifth in the league, six points behind leaders Rotherham United. They’re hoping to add to their ranks after seeing Chris Cadden return to the MLS, but as yet have not been able to do so.
Manager Karl Robinson admitted that a loan and a permanent move fell through, despite his side already adding four new faces in the window.
“We were close and the one we thought we had done we got told (on Friday) that it’s not going to happen,” he said. “That’s a bit of a kick, but I respect the reasons why.
“We were waiting until after the FA Cup games to do a deal but unfortunately the manager feels it’s better the player stays with their team until the end of the season.”
Robinson also revealed he was looking to buy a player, but that has also fallen through.
“The other one we were trying to buy is also out, so the loan and the buy have crashed down on us in the last 48 hours, ones we thought we could get done.
“It’s not a financial thing, it’s one or two little tweaks here and there that didn’t materialise. It’s a bit frustrating and disappointing, but we do have one or two other options we can exploit.”
It’s believed that not only are Oxford after cover at full back after Cadden’s departure, but also a striker to help Jamie Mackie with the responsibility of scoring goals.
These things happen. I know that’s of little comfort to Robinson, but it’s the harsh realities of the transfer window.
In fairness, Oxford looked to be struggling in the summer but did sufficient business to launch a real promotion challenge, so fans shouldn’t be too worried.
Karl Robinson is no mug and he will get the best deal available for his club, whilst also maintaining their financial integrity.