Celtic circle as Oxford United braced for possible double deadline-day departure

Oxford United’s resolve is set to be tested tomorrow as Celtic line up a move for midfielder Shandon Baptiste, as reported by Talk Sport.

The Glasgow giants are not the only vultures circling either; Championship side Brentford are preparing a double swoop, according to Football Insider. 

They’ve allegedly tabled a bid for Tarique Fosu as well as Baptiste, which will see Oxford bank a minimum of £3m if accepted. It could be a big dent in Oxford’s promotion hopes though, as the pair have been key for Karl Robinson’s side this season.

Fosu has bagged ten goals in 33 outings since joining in the summer from Charlton Athletic, eclipsing the form he showed under current manager Karl Robinson with the Addicks. Baptiste has also settled into the first team quickly and scored four in 27 matches.

Both players have caught the eye during the U’s cup run which recently saw them draw 0-0 with Newcastle. They also helped Karl Robinson’s side to a memorable League Cup run, eventually ended by Manchester City.

Oxford are currently eighth in League One and had to soak up losing Gavin Whyte in the summer, who made a multi-million pound move to Cardiff City.

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This could be a huge blow for the Us, at such a late hour as well.

Usually, for a side in League One, football fortune is the way they compete with the bigger clubs, but can Robinson recover from losing two key players at such a late stage of the transfer window.

The money might be nice, but it would severely dent their aspirations of Championship football. 


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