Oxford United have rejected a bid for Northern Ireland star Ciaron Brown from Scottish side Aberdeen, as reported by TEAMtalk.
The League One side knocked back the Scottish Premiership side’s attempt to sign Brown. They reportedly stand firm in their stance on the player, telling Aberdeen they can forget about signing the Northern Ireland international. It is currently unknown the amount that the side have bid, but Oxford are refusing to part ways with the defender.
Brown currently has a year remaining on his deal with Liam Manning’s side, and this has put Aberdeen on alert, with Aberdeen making a bid after reportedly weighing up the possibility for some time. The interest comes after Brown’s stellar season with the U’s in 2022/23, earning him the Oxford United’s Player of the Year, as well as Supporter’s Player of the Year.
The club remain adamant that Brown is going nowhere and remain locked in negotiations on a new contract with the club. However, a fresh deal is yet to be agreed between the club and player, which has prompted the Scottish side to swoop in for the defender.
Brown spent a season on loan at Oxford United before making that switch permanent from Cardiff City last summer and has been an integral part of the team since his arrival, helping them survive in the third tier last season. The 25-year-old has made 66 appearances, scoring three goals and assisting one in his time at the Kassam Stadium. Brown has also been capped for his country Northern Ireland on six occasions, making his debut in September 2019. Surprisingly his debut for the under-21 team came a month after his debut for the senior team.
Brown is an integral part of Liam Manning’s team, and it is no surprise the intention is to keep him around. However, if bids are coming in and he does not intend to sign a new contract, it may be best to allow the defender to move on now rather than lose him for free next summer.