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Done Deal: Oxford United sign 21-year-old midfielder



Oxford United have completed a deal to bring former Everton trainee John Lundstram to the Kassam Stadium, the club have confirmed.

Lundstram has joined Oxford United

Lundstram has joined Oxford United

The 21-year-old midfielder, who was released from the Premier League side in the summer having failed to make an appearance for the Toffees, has had numerous loan spells in the Football League.

The midfielder spent time at Blackpool in the Championship, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient (twice) and Scunthorpe United in League One, making over 50 league appearances.

The 21 year old has also had success with England, making 30 appearances for the Under 17’s, 18’s, 19’s and 20’s.

But arriving at the Kassam Stadium this morning to complete his medical, the former Everton midfielder opted for a move to Oxford, rather than Crewe Alexandra or Wigan Athletic in League One respectively.

Appleton said to the club website; “John is a player who a lot of clubs have been monitoring. Everton offered him a new deal but he felt it was the right time to make a permanent move and establish himself at another club and we are delighted that he came to Oxford.

“He gets on the ball, links things through the middle of the park and he’s combative so he won’t shy away from the physical side of the game either. It gives us a lot of competition in the middle of the park and we are really happy to have him here.”

Lundstram, who arrives at the Kassam Stadium on a two-year deal, said;  “It’s a big move for me because it’s my first permanent transfer rather than a loan and I wanted to make sure that I joined the right club, one that has ambition and is looking to win things. Michael Appleton was very impressive when I met him and the whole club feels like it is going places, so I had no hesitation in coming here.”

Head coach Michael Appleton will now have a number of talented midfielders to choose from, after Danny Rose’s excellent assist in the opening fixture against Crawley and Liam Sercombe opening his account in the 4-0 thrashing at Brentford.

Appleton also has the experience of Michael Collins, in addition to some of the exciting youth talent coming through the ranks.

After humiliating Championship side Brentford in midweek, Oxford turn their attention back to League Two this weekend where the U’s make the trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town.

Oxford fans…Are you excited by the latest news? What about Tuesday night? Did that exceed your expectations? How do you think you’ll do this season? Please comment below!

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