Oxford United Plotting Late Transfer Swoop

Oxford United are looking at a late deal to take 24-year-old Nicky Cadden to the Kassam, according to Alan Nixon.

Cadden is currently with League two high-flyers Forest Green Rovers and is the twin brother of former Oxford man Chris Cadden, now with Hibernian.

Nicky is a winger who began his youth career with Motherwell, later joining Aidrieonians where he got his breakthrough. After impressing at the  Excelsior Stadium, he moved to SPFL side Livingston and enjoyed two successive promotions with Livi, but only appeared 16 times after they hit the top flight. He eventually left for Greenock Morton, where he ten goals last season.

That brought him down south to Forest Green Rovers, where he has three goals in 24 outings this season. They’re currently third in the table, hunting promotion, but now may have to battle to keep their exciting winger.

It might not be entirely straightforward though, with Nixon reporting that it might be a little too late to get the deal over the line.

Karl Robinson’s side are a tremendous run in League One, winning seven matches in a row, but have been quiet on the transfer front. They have added Luke McNally from St Patricks going into today, with Sean Clare joining Burton on loan. Today they have added Joe Grayson on loan from Blackburn Rovers, but have opted against a move for Sunderland striker Will Grigg.

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Cadden has certainly impressed in League Two, and knowing his brother Chris has already been at Oxford he’s sure to have heard good things too.

The key is whether they are able to meet Forest Green’s valuation and whether a deal can be agreed in such a short space of time. Entering into negotiations at this late stage is never ideal as the buying club can be held to ransom, something a canny operator like Karl Robinson is sure to want to avoid.

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