Oxford United: Deadline day update

Michael Appleton is expecting a hectic day as Oxford United try to strengthen their squad

Michael Appleton is expecting a hectic day as Oxford United try to strengthen their squad

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MICHAEL Appleton says Oxford United are in advanced talks with their top target, but there are no guarantees a deal will be finalised before the deadline closes tonight.

The U's are attempting to bring in an experienced striker before the transfer window closes at 11pm.

Both Appleton and chief executive Mark Ashton are in for a busy few hours which could go right up to the final minutes in an effort to get the deal across the line.

The head coach this morning admitted there was no way of knowing whether it will all be concluded in time.

He said: "Not really no and that’s what probably makes me even more nervous. 

"It’s very frustrating, but football’s a funny world at times and one minute you’re thinking are we going to get this done and then very quickly it changes."

Appleton believes if he was able to sit down face-to-face with the target it would make all the difference, but the pursuit is complicated by the likelihood other clubs are also in the running.

He said: "I’d be surprised if we weren’t.

"It’s one of those that it will come down to what the player wants and what he sees as a future for himself.

"Somewhere along the line I’d love the opportunity to speak to the player myself, but we’re not at that stage yet.

"That’s when I’d back myself to get the job done."

The U's boss did confirm there was no intention for any players to leave the club before the deadline.

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4:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

From football-rumours:
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01 Sep 2014 13:49:58
Emile Heskey is willing to take lower wages to join Oxford United. Oxford's manager is deciding whether to sign him or Tyrone Barnett.

InTheKnowAgent '

Emile Heskey?? Really? Not sure that would be best for us. Is he not a little old at 36? Other lad ok'ish on paper but not best goals p/game ratio. Maybe Emile the best of the 2 but a bit of a punt.
From football-rumours: ' 01 Sep 2014 13:49:58 Emile Heskey is willing to take lower wages to join Oxford United. Oxford's manager is deciding whether to sign him or Tyrone Barnett. InTheKnowAgent ' Emile Heskey?? Really? Not sure that would be best for us. Is he not a little old at 36? Other lad ok'ish on paper but not best goals p/game ratio. Maybe Emile the best of the 2 but a bit of a punt. New Manor rename
  • Score: -3

5:13pm Mon 1 Sep 14

87oufc says...

You can do a whole lot better than reading that dreadful website.
First Grant Holt, now Emile Heskey?
You can do a whole lot better than reading that dreadful website. First Grant Holt, now Emile Heskey? 87oufc
  • Score: -3

5:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

Never know? He is a free agent and we're looking for experience. & grant holt still available but probably too pricey. Both believable. Just passing on info :)
Never know? He is a free agent and we're looking for experience. & grant holt still available but probably too pricey. Both believable. Just passing on info :) New Manor rename
  • Score: -1

5:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

........ No predictions/wild rumours from yourself? Where's the fun in that on deadline day?
........ No predictions/wild rumours from yourself? Where's the fun in that on deadline day? New Manor rename
  • Score: -3

5:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

BigAlBiker says...

I heard Chicken George is on his way back?
I heard Chicken George is on his way back? BigAlBiker
  • Score: -2

6:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I heard Chicken George is on his way back?
He'll be better than Smalley was last year even at 96!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I heard Chicken George is on his way back?[/p][/quote]He'll be better than Smalley was last year even at 96! New Manor rename
  • Score: 7

6:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oldun says...

Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney
Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney oldun
  • Score: 4

6:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

dorsetbob says...

Talksport saying Emily Heskey know, i would prefer a defender but big lad would lead the line
Talksport saying Emily Heskey know, i would prefer a defender but big lad would lead the line dorsetbob
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Chickengeorge44 says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I heard Chicken George is on his way back?
No I'm not!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I heard Chicken George is on his way back?[/p][/quote]No I'm not! Chickengeorge44
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

baldy bill says...

all we want is another good striker or midfielder to help the team before attendances drop even more
all we want is another good striker or midfielder to help the team before attendances drop even more baldy bill
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Manor Born says...

oldun wrote:
Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney
Murphy gets a lot of stick and a lot of it unjustified. He scored his fair share of goals from midfield. I would say someone like him at this level would be a pretty decent signing.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney[/p][/quote]Murphy gets a lot of stick and a lot of it unjustified. He scored his fair share of goals from midfield. I would say someone like him at this level would be a pretty decent signing. Manor Born
  • Score: 8

6:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oldun says...

Manor Born wrote:
oldun wrote:
Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney
Murphy gets a lot of stick and a lot of it unjustified. He scored his fair share of goals from midfield. I would say someone like him at this level would be a pretty decent signing.
Yes Murphy would have made a half decent 4th div player - struggled big time at the higher level - could do nothing but score a few goals - no vision - couldn't tackle - knocked in a few
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Not Anthrobus, Duffy, Matt Murphy or Whitehurst please - a goal scoring midfielder like a much younger (!!) 4th div version of Graham Atkinson would do - or a younger version of Tommy Mooney[/p][/quote]Murphy gets a lot of stick and a lot of it unjustified. He scored his fair share of goals from midfield. I would say someone like him at this level would be a pretty decent signing.[/p][/quote]Yes Murphy would have made a half decent 4th div player - struggled big time at the higher level - could do nothing but score a few goals - no vision - couldn't tackle - knocked in a few oldun
  • Score: 3

7:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Truesupporter says...

Beano?
Beano? Truesupporter
  • Score: -7

7:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

DubaiYellow89 says...

Beano? He hasn't scored for Eastleigh yet!
Beano? He hasn't scored for Eastleigh yet! DubaiYellow89
  • Score: 4

7:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oldun says...

DubaiYellow89 wrote:
Beano? He hasn't scored for Eastleigh yet!
Scored twice
[quote][p][bold]DubaiYellow89[/bold] wrote: Beano? He hasn't scored for Eastleigh yet![/p][/quote]Scored twice oldun
  • Score: -7

7:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oldun says...

Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United

Scorers
James Constable (26)
James Constable (48)
Will Evans (87)
Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United Scorers James Constable (26) James Constable (48) Will Evans (87) oldun
  • Score: 4

8:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Roy Burton's shorts says...

dorsetbob wrote:
Talksport saying Emily Heskey know, i would prefer a defender but big lad would lead the line
Emile Heskey has a great touch. Can trap a ball further than I can shoot.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetbob[/bold] wrote: Talksport saying Emily Heskey know, i would prefer a defender but big lad would lead the line[/p][/quote]Emile Heskey has a great touch. Can trap a ball further than I can shoot. Roy Burton's shorts
  • Score: 5

8:50pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wigan Yellow says...

This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge.
This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge. Wigan Yellow
  • Score: -53

9:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

murf91 says...

Wigan Yellow wrote:
This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge.
Pathetic
[quote][p][bold]Wigan Yellow[/bold] wrote: This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge.[/p][/quote]Pathetic murf91
  • Score: 16

10:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Moobs says...

I think a defender should be the priority, our defence is ****
I think a defender should be the priority, our defence is **** Moobs
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

S Hillier says...

I agree the defence is letting us down at the moment, bring back Michael Raynes and Max Crocombe for Tuesday nights game at Cheltenham.
I agree the defence is letting us down at the moment, bring back Michael Raynes and Max Crocombe for Tuesday nights game at Cheltenham. S Hillier
  • Score: 4

11:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

Well that's that then. A day of hope. MA close to sealing a deal with his top target. What do we get? Absolutely nothing! False hope after false hope with this club lately. Oh well, at least the existing squad have got off to a decent start to the season!!????!!!!!!??
?? Why bother strengthening.
Well that's that then. A day of hope. MA close to sealing a deal with his top target. What do we get? Absolutely nothing! False hope after false hope with this club lately. Oh well, at least the existing squad have got off to a decent start to the season!!????!!!!!!?? ?? Why bother strengthening. New Manor rename
  • Score: -9

11:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

New Manor rename says...

:) :) :). On the plus side, free agents and loanees are still fair game so Emile Heskey and Grant Holt signing later in the week
:) :) :). On the plus side, free agents and loanees are still fair game so Emile Heskey and Grant Holt signing later in the week New Manor rename
  • Score: 7

11:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Truesupporter says...

Admit i am disappointed now. Thought Appleton would pull one out of the bag today. More loan players again. Just not what any of the fans wanted.
Admit i am disappointed now. Thought Appleton would pull one out of the bag today. More loan players again. Just not what any of the fans wanted. Truesupporter
  • Score: 7

6:19am Tue 2 Sep 14

happyharryhardon says...

Our new owners asked us to support them and turn up to watch them on Saturdays, well we have waited and waited for them to show us support by giving us a team worth watching, well that hasn't happened and I guess by Christmas we will be getting 3000 gates at home and the new bosses can not complain, all talk like all those how came before them.
Our new owners asked us to support them and turn up to watch them on Saturdays, well we have waited and waited for them to show us support by giving us a team worth watching, well that hasn't happened and I guess by Christmas we will be getting 3000 gates at home and the new bosses can not complain, all talk like all those how came before them. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -7

6:22am Tue 2 Sep 14

happyharryhardon says...

Our new owners asked us to support them and turn up to watch them on Saturdays, well we have waited and waited for them to show us support by giving us a team worth watching, well that hasn't happened and I guess by Christmas we will be getting 3000 gates at home and the new bosses can not complain, all talk like all those who came before them.
Our new owners asked us to support them and turn up to watch them on Saturdays, well we have waited and waited for them to show us support by giving us a team worth watching, well that hasn't happened and I guess by Christmas we will be getting 3000 gates at home and the new bosses can not complain, all talk like all those who came before them. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 0

8:08am Tue 2 Sep 14

Wigan Yellow says...

New regime,same old story. Treat Oxford Utd fans as idiots. Money to spend £250,000. 4 free transfers,4 loan signings.Which all 4 are gone in January. The one signing who is scoring is a Gary Waddock,bring in.Crowds dropping to 4000,come January 3000? Im really worried , new regime dont know what there doing. Appleton to be worst oxford utd Manager ever? Tacticts that leak goals.4-4-2 wins games,not what Appleton plays !
New regime,same old story. Treat Oxford Utd fans as idiots. Money to spend £250,000. 4 free transfers,4 loan signings.Which all 4 are gone in January. The one signing who is scoring is a Gary Waddock,bring in.Crowds dropping to 4000,come January 3000? Im really worried , new regime dont know what there doing. Appleton to be worst oxford utd Manager ever? Tacticts that leak goals.4-4-2 wins games,not what Appleton plays ! Wigan Yellow
  • Score: -8

6:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mrdroll says...

Wigan yellow=UTTER ****!!!! obvious the idiot hasn't attended the last few games or watches too much premiershit from his armchair.
Wigan yellow=UTTER ****!!!! obvious the idiot hasn't attended the last few games or watches too much premiershit from his armchair. mrdroll
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mrdroll says...

oldun wrote:
Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United

Scorers
James Constable (26)
James Constable (48)
Will Evans (87)
I am Beanos biggest fan but Hylton from his last few showings seems to be the real deal....he's been awesome lately.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United Scorers James Constable (26) James Constable (48) Will Evans (87)[/p][/quote]I am Beanos biggest fan but Hylton from his last few showings seems to be the real deal....he's been awesome lately. mrdroll
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

oldun says...

mrdroll wrote:
oldun wrote:
Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United

Scorers
James Constable (26)
James Constable (48)
Will Evans (87)
I am Beanos biggest fan but Hylton from his last few showings seems to be the real deal....he's been awesome lately.
Barring injury, Hylton will get 5 to 10 more goals this season than James would have done - much sharper
[quote][p][bold]mrdroll[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh FC 3 - 1 Welling United Scorers James Constable (26) James Constable (48) Will Evans (87)[/p][/quote]I am Beanos biggest fan but Hylton from his last few showings seems to be the real deal....he's been awesome lately.[/p][/quote]Barring injury, Hylton will get 5 to 10 more goals this season than James would have done - much sharper oldun
  • Score: 0

9:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Wigan Yellow says...

mrdroll wrote:
Wigan yellow=UTTER ****!!!! obvious the idiot hasn't attended the last few games or watches too much premiershit from his armchair.
Really losing again, Appleton is an idiot. Plain and simple,
[quote][p][bold]mrdroll[/bold] wrote: Wigan yellow=UTTER ****!!!! obvious the idiot hasn't attended the last few games or watches too much premiershit from his armchair.[/p][/quote]Really losing again, Appleton is an idiot. Plain and simple, Wigan Yellow
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

oldun says...

So depressing - when will this 15 plus years of misery end? - in 1998 we won at Norwich - in a League match (second tier) - nowadays , could we beat Northwich - no! . So, so depressing . Job should have been advertised .
So depressing - when will this 15 plus years of misery end? - in 1998 we won at Norwich - in a League match (second tier) - nowadays , could we beat Northwich - no! . So, so depressing . Job should have been advertised . oldun
  • Score: 2

10:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Wigan Yellow says...

Wigan Yellow wrote:
This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge.
Good flushed you come on you Yellow idiots out.You dont like the truth,
[quote][p][bold]Wigan Yellow[/bold] wrote: This club has hit rock bottom. No proper investment in good players. No more loans or free transfers! A joke Manager with no idea.God help us.Falling crowds down by half since 2010/11.This regime has no idea. I wont put another penny into this club . Until Appleton is sacked, or proper regime in charge.[/p][/quote]Good flushed you come on you Yellow idiots out.You dont like the truth, Wigan Yellow
  • Score: 2

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