Brentford have made a £3 million bid for Oxford United duo Tarique Fosu-Henry and Shandon Baptiste, reports Football Insider.
The pair have been influential in Oxford United’s League One promotion push this season.
Karl Robinson’s side started the season off strongly and were in and amongst the top-three for a while. But their results have slowed down slightly and they’ve dropped to 8th-place in the League One table – four points off Coventry City in 6th.
Fosu-Henry, 24, has played in all but one of Oxford’s league games this season, scoring eight times from the left-wing – it’s his first season at Oxford having joined from Charlton Athletic in the summer.
Baptiste meanwhile has played 17 games for Oxford in League One, scoring once. The 21-year-old is a graduate of the Oxford academy and in his second full-season with the club.
He plays in the centre of a midfield three when Robinson selects him, and as more of a deep-lying midfielder.
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The pair have proved influential in Oxfords campaign so far, and Baptiste in particular is regarded as one of the best young players in League One – both featured in their side’s games against Manchester City and last weekend Newcastle United, and the pair impressed on the big screen.
Brentford have proven that their recruitment strategy is one of the best in the country with their signings over the past few seasons, so expect them to have done their due diligence on these two.
Both look like quality players and ones for the future as well. If Brentford need any reinforcement anywhere on the pitch then it’s in the middle of the park – it looks as though their front-three will remain until at least the summer, and the acquisition of Fosu-Henry and Baptiste should excite fans.