Ex-England youth marksman is heading for United

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is excited by the prospect of signing new striker

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is excited by the prospect of signing new striker

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A striker who has earned international recognition with England’s youth sides is poised to join Oxford United today.

Adding firepower has been a priority for Michael Appleton since taking over as head coach last month and the search looks to have finally delivered.

After agreeing a loan deal in principle over the weekend, the head coach is optimistic of wrapping up the move for the highly-rated youngster, believed to be from a Championship club.

He said: “I’d like to think the young man we’re going to bring in will give us that little extra at the top of the pitch and become a little bit of a focal point.

“He’s been well recognised by some of the England teams as well. We are excited to get him on board.

“I don’t want to give it the kiss of death which is why I’m very cautious about it.

“But I fully expect him to be in the building on Monday morning.

“Things have been agreed verbally and we expect him to be in.”

United’s need for more options in the final third was again shown on Saturday as they lost 4-1 at home to Bournemouth.

The exception was a wonderful finish from Danny Rose midway through the first half, which equalised Junior Stanislas’s free-kick.

The midfielder said: “We won the ball quite high up the pitch, which was quite pleasing because it’s something we’ve been working on.

“I managed to skip past one defender and found myself one-versus-one.

“I had a look to the right and didn’t think there was really much on, so instinctively I just dinked it over the keeper and thankfully it came off.”

Callum Wilson struck twice late on to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-1, which was harsh on the home side in their final action before the season begins this Saturday.

But Appleton, whose side lost 1-0 to Wolves last Tuesday, was not too concerned.

He said: “For an hour or so I was more than happy.

“We had to make a few changes due to fatigue and players not having their minutes.

“It went a little bit after that and I felt desperately for the players for the last couple of goals, because they didn’t deserve that, but these things happen.”

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6:09am Mon 4 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.
Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance. Oxokuba
  • Score: -21

9:14am Mon 4 Aug 14

Dolly76 says...

I'd rather have young hungry players that want to be here than ageing strikers on big money. The new club structure has only been up and running for a few weeks, lets give it all a chance, the season hasn't started yet!
I'd rather have young hungry players that want to be here than ageing strikers on big money. The new club structure has only been up and running for a few weeks, lets give it all a chance, the season hasn't started yet! Dolly76
  • Score: 36

10:57am Mon 4 Aug 14

dave from witney says...

Oxokuba wrote:
Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.
Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.[/p][/quote]Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around. dave from witney
  • Score: 12

11:00am Mon 4 Aug 14

Robie says...

No mention of how long ago the player played for the England youth teams. ;)
No mention of how long ago the player played for the England youth teams. ;) Robie
  • Score: 4

11:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

87oufc says...

dave from witney wrote:
Oxokuba wrote:
Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.
Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.
That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers.
COYY
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.[/p][/quote]Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.[/p][/quote]That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers. COYY 87oufc
  • Score: 14

11:08am Mon 4 Aug 14

87oufc says...

87oufc wrote:
dave from witney wrote:
Oxokuba wrote:
Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.
Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.
That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers.
COYY
This isn't a slur on the new regime by the way, I like things the way they're going.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.[/p][/quote]Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.[/p][/quote]That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers. COYY[/p][/quote]This isn't a slur on the new regime by the way, I like things the way they're going. 87oufc
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dovepe says...

Has He gone to Southend
Has He gone to Southend dovepe
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1:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

BigCrompy says...

dovepe wrote:
Has He gone to Southend
Well it's supposed to be Hallam Hope from Everton, not Coulthirst from Spurs...isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]dovepe[/bold] wrote: Has He gone to Southend[/p][/quote]Well it's supposed to be Hallam Hope from Everton, not Coulthirst from Spurs...isn't it? BigCrompy
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

87oufc wrote:
dave from witney wrote:
Oxokuba wrote:
Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.
Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.
That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers.
COYY
Appleton has already stated that the January window will be more important for him. Like you I agree the club seem to be on the right track at last and the future does look more assured.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Another loan deal? I thought the new board were going all out to move the club forwards? The youngster may be a class act or he may be on the slide if he's moving from Championship to League 2 but I'll reserve judgement. I'm more concerned at the promises this board keep making without showing any substance.[/p][/quote]Lenagan said at the take over that he was only going to allow one more playeri in. Since then the new owners have signed Collins, Long, Junior and Riley. One or two more are promised for this week. No matter if some are loan deals to tide us over until the right players have been found. What we do not want is the usual 'Wilder' panic, where any Tom, Dick, or Harry were brought in. Just give them some chance to get things turned around.[/p][/quote]That's the thing. We're resulting to loan players possibly for a number of reasons; it's late in the transfer window or MA has an interest in the players anyway. But what's different is that were're attracting some very different names. I'm looking forward to January and next year when MA will have the same amount of time as other managers. COYY[/p][/quote]Appleton has already stated that the January window will be more important for him. Like you I agree the club seem to be on the right track at last and the future does look more assured. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

Was the England youth player Shaquille Coulthurst? I hope it wasn't as he has signed for Southend this morning.
Was the England youth player Shaquille Coulthurst? I hope it wasn't as he has signed for Southend this morning. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -2

1:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

wayoutwest says...

BigCrompy wrote:
dovepe wrote: Has He gone to Southend
Well it's supposed to be Hallam Hope from Everton, not Coulthirst from Spurs...isn't it?
You may be on the ball, has represented England from U16-U19 level and scored a hat-trick for Bury against Pompey last season which wouldn't have gone unnoticed!
[quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dovepe[/bold] wrote: Has He gone to Southend[/p][/quote]Well it's supposed to be Hallam Hope from Everton, not Coulthirst from Spurs...isn't it?[/p][/quote]You may be on the ball, has represented England from U16-U19 level and scored a hat-trick for Bury against Pompey last season which wouldn't have gone unnoticed! wayoutwest
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

South Upper 87 says...

The Mail are saying 'from a championship side' would like to think it's Hope but that would rule him out. Strong rumour it's someone from Norwich who has given up trying to get throughthe roadwaorks, and has gone home !
The Mail are saying 'from a championship side' would like to think it's Hope but that would rule him out. Strong rumour it's someone from Norwich who has given up trying to get throughthe roadwaorks, and has gone home ! South Upper 87
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bumble08 says...

Don't lambast me but I have heard 2 rumours recently that semi contradict what the mail is saying...

Grant Holt is the Championship player we are looking at signing and the Ex England youth player is Will Keane from Man Utd.

Get either of them and I for one will be a happy fan!
Don't lambast me but I have heard 2 rumours recently that semi contradict what the mail is saying... Grant Holt is the Championship player we are looking at signing and the Ex England youth player is Will Keane from Man Utd. Get either of them and I for one will be a happy fan! Bumble08
  • Score: 4

2:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

MGri1970 says...

Aren't we talking Jon Stead? 31 with 11 U21 caps to his name.
Aren't we talking Jon Stead? 31 with 11 U21 caps to his name. MGri1970
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hairydean says...

Grant Holt is at villa. So no go there as for will Keane more than likely go to villa if any we're so um assumptions seem to be pie in sky sorry doubt if we're be that ambitious and lucky guys
Grant Holt is at villa. So no go there as for will Keane more than likely go to villa if any we're so um assumptions seem to be pie in sky sorry doubt if we're be that ambitious and lucky guys hairydean
  • Score: -5

3:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bumble08 says...

hairydean wrote:
Grant Holt is at villa. So no go there as for will Keane more than likely go to villa if any we're so um assumptions seem to be pie in sky sorry doubt if we're be that ambitious and lucky guys
Grant Holt was only on loan at Villa last season, he is still officially a Wigan man. Reports about will keane out of utd is he is too light weight for the prem league and needs to drop down to learn the physical side of the game rather than sitting in the reserves!

Only rumours that I have heard.. Know an announcement is imminent!
[quote][p][bold]hairydean[/bold] wrote: Grant Holt is at villa. So no go there as for will Keane more than likely go to villa if any we're so um assumptions seem to be pie in sky sorry doubt if we're be that ambitious and lucky guys[/p][/quote]Grant Holt was only on loan at Villa last season, he is still officially a Wigan man. Reports about will keane out of utd is he is too light weight for the prem league and needs to drop down to learn the physical side of the game rather than sitting in the reserves! Only rumours that I have heard.. Know an announcement is imminent! Bumble08
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dave from witney says...

BBC Oxford saying player will be introduced and interviwed live on news tonight
BBC Oxford saying player will be introduced and interviwed live on news tonight dave from witney
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

South Upper 87 says...

Carlton Morris......"..Norwi
ch ?
Carlton Morris......"..Norwi ch ? South Upper 87
  • Score: 5

5:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

BigOx22 says...

South Upper 87 wrote:
Carlton Morris......"..
Norwi
ch ?
I have heard the same thing from a guy who normally gets these things spot on before they are announced. Shame we can't get a proven goal scorer at this level but hope this lad puts in some magical performances and scores goals if it is this lad.
[quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: Carlton Morris......".. Norwi ch ?[/p][/quote]I have heard the same thing from a guy who normally gets these things spot on before they are announced. Shame we can't get a proven goal scorer at this level but hope this lad puts in some magical performances and scores goals if it is this lad. BigOx22
  • Score: 2

5:15pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bumble08 says...

If it is to be Carlton Morris that then what a fantastic coup, he was excellent in Norwich's youth cup run and win. He and the Murphy twins were the best players on the pitch. Strong, quick, good in the air and more importantly know's where the net is.
If it is to be Carlton Morris that then what a fantastic coup, he was excellent in Norwich's youth cup run and win. He and the Murphy twins were the best players on the pitch. Strong, quick, good in the air and more importantly know's where the net is. Bumble08
  • Score: 7

5:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

South Upper 87 says...

Confirmed
Confirmed South Upper 87
  • Score: 1

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