Oxford United have made a bid of around £500,000 for Fleetwood Town striker Jack Marriott after their previous bid was rejected, according to journalist Joe Crann from 3 Added Minutes.
The 28 year old joined Fleetwood Town in January but has been the subject of interest from Oxford United throughout the summer, with bids previously being rejected for the striker as manager Liam Manning looks to bolster his forward line.
The forward has previous pedigree in the Championship with Derby County but has faced injury problems during the last few seasons. Fortunately, he found consistent game time with The Cod Army as he scored eight times in 19 appearances during the second half of last season.
If Marriott was to join the club, he’d be adding to the long list of ambitious incomings at The Kassam this summer, with highly rated Ruben Rodrigues, previous promotion winner Jordan Thorniley and Welsh international Mark Harris all amongst the new faces at the club.
Manning joined The U’s in March after Karl Robinson’s dismissal and managed to secure their League One survival after what was a disappointing season for the club. Oxford now sit in fourth place in League One. With wins over two promotion favourites, it will be interesting to see just how far the former MK Dons coach can guide the club this season.
With a bid submitted, the former Derby man would partner Mark Harris up front, who has made an impressive start to the season with three goals in four appearances.
What has been said?
Journalist Joe Crann stated…
“It’s understood that they have now made a bid of upwards of £500,000 as they seek to try and get a deal done for Marriott to come in and lead their line, and if all goes well that move could be finalised within the coming days.”
Oxford have had an excellent start to the season and Marriott would only improve an already impressive side. This is a very ambitious move for the League One club with the Yellow’s front line being the target area this summer for Manning, with Harris and Rodrigues already through the door.
I feel Marriott would prove a very valuable addition if the club can keep him fit. As for Fleetwood, if the bid is accepted then they will have made a tidy profit on the player they spent £250,000 on last January.