Oxford United have seen a bid for Fleetwood Town forward Jack Marriott rejected by their League One counterpart, as reported by Teamtalk.
The U’s have been looking to build a fresh under Liam Manning this summer, following his arrival towards the end of last season, where he managed to salvage the situation for the club and rescue them from the drop to League Two. Manning replaced long-time boss Karl Robinson after a disappointing run for the club that saw them finish 18th under the guidance of the former MK Dons boss.
The club have been busy this summer so far, with Manning appearing to be building something fresh so far for the team after what could be called a blip on the radar for the club, with last season being their first finish outside of the top half since their arrival in League One. So far, the side have made six signings this transfer window, with Notts County star Ruben Rodrigues and released Cardiff City forward Mark Harris part of that list. As well as those signings, the club also brought in Premier League academy experience in the form of James Beadle of Brighton & Hove Albion on loan.
However, it appears the club are not done yet, as they have reportedly submitted a bid for Fleetwood Town forward Jack Marriott. The bid is believed to be in the region of £400,000 and has been rejected by Scott Brown’s side, with Fleetwood holding firm in an attempt to keep hold of their player. The 28-year-old is not the only forward on Liam Manning’s radar, with it being reported yesterday that the club also currently lead the chase for Millwall forward Tyler Burey on loan. Burey had been targeted for a permanent switch earlier in the window, but it appears that any transfer would only be temporary for the 22-year-old.
Marriott made 19 appearances in League One for Fleetwood last season, scoring eight goals for the side and assisting twice following his switch from Peterborough United. Before joining the club, he made 21 appearances with Posh in the first half of the season, with four goals and two assists for the beaten playoff finalists.
Liam Manning certainly appears to have a high target set for himself this season, and with the signings they have made, you can see the fans expecting a lot from their side also. With last season ending in relief, they can now refocus on building their team back up, and Marriott can bring some valued experience to the side following the departure of Matty Taylor. However, Fleetwood appears to be reluctant to sell. It may take more to prise their forward away from them, especially given he only signed in January.