Karl Robinson has opened up about his desire to keep some of his current loan stars at the Kassam Stadium beyond their current deals.
Oxford have pulled away from the bottom of the table, moving on to 52 points this weekend which should see them retain their League One status.
They’ve got a nine point advantage over the bottom four and are now 12th in the table, seemingly safe.
That’s allowed the former MK Dons boss to start thinking ahead to the summer, where he’ll be hoping to build on their recent good form and on an already talented squad.
Jerome Sinclair and Ahmed Kashi have both impressed in the latter stages of the campaign and Robinson wants both of them to stick around next season.
“I know Jerome said last week we could be an option – I would take that option up now if you offered it to me,” he told the Oxford Mail.
“If you offered me Kashi right now I’d sign him. We do need a holding midfield player, we know that – Mous (John Mousinho) isn’t getting any younger.
Robinson also revealed an ambitious plan to keep West Ham’s Marcus Browne at the club, something he feels could be a possibility.
“I don’t know whether that would be a West Ham decision (they would consider). I’d like to take him on a permanent, that would be the ideal. I’m sure his agent would disagree that we could afford him, but we believe we can.”
21-year-old Browne has played 32 League One matches this season, scoring five goals for the Us.
Whilst Sinclair and Kashi might be interesting captures, Browne would surely be out of their range.
He’s a top quality footballer with a future in the Championship at least, something Oxford can’t offer next season.
It’s good Robinson is planning ahead, but he needs to. They’ve disappointed this season and need to kick on next time out.