Oxford United manager Karl Robinson is readying himself for a double transfer blow, revealing two of his current targets are set to snub the club, as reported by the Witney Gazette.
Jerome Sinclair is the first, he spent the second half of last season on loan at the Kassam Stadium following a loan switch from Premier League Watford, helping the U’s to a stable mid-table finish after the flirtation with the bottom four.
Danny Wilson is also set to snub Robinson, he’s a former Rangers centre back currently playing in America with Colorado Rapids. He had been linked with a move back to England, but now both switches are off, according to Robinson.
“We believe Jerome is going to Holland, even though we offered more than the Dutch club,” said the former Charlton boss.
“We did everything we had to do. We were told if we matched that (the Dutch offer) then it would be done. We more than matched it, so I was really happy with the fact the board had that clout to do so.”
“Danny Wilson has decided he wants to stay in America. It was something we’d agreed, it was all done.
“But for whatever reason, I think family and you know how important family is to me so I appreciated that, (the deal was off).”
Robinson also revealed he’s still waiting to hear from defender Chris Cadden, the former Motherwell man also thought to be closing in on a switch to Oxford.
Up and down the country managers will be getting news like this, but at Oxford it’s in the public domain.
Robinson is very open about targets and where they stand with regards to incoming transfers. Other managers prefer not to talk about names, or deals, until after they’re completed, which is why fewer stories like this break.
Oxford fans shouldn’t be unduly worried. A manager will have a list of ambitious targets that he wants to hunt down in June, but come the middle of July that list will be more realistic.
Everyone will have eleven players on the field come the start of the season and there will be worse squads than Oxford’s on the opening day.