Oxford United have reportedly received a bid of £3 million from Brentford for influential pair Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste, according to Football Insider.
Both have been vital in Oxford’s bid for promotion this season and it appears as though the pair may well find themselves out of the club as a shock bid comes in from Brentford.
Karl Robinson and his side have had some impressive cup displays so far this campaign, and Fosu hasn’t looked out of place in any of the matches.
Alongside this, 21-year-old Baptiste scored an unbelievable goal against West Ham in a 4-0 victory for the U’s in a League Cup game.
The Bees are currently in a position where any real run of form would lift them ever closer to an opportunity of playing Premier League football next season.
It appears that Thomas Frank has sought out targets from the lower division to help his side try and achieve their ambition.
Here’s how Oxford United supporters reacted to the news…
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Small club mentality, selling our best players on the eve of the transfer window with no replacements lined up. Thought we were going for promotion. Tiger give your head a wobble #OUFC
— #OUFC (@OUFC_) January 30, 2020
Everytime we have lost someone who I think is irreplaceable we replace them (Roofe, Johnson, lundstrum, ledson …)
Baptiste and Fosu are good players but I trust Robinson and the rest of the squad #oufc #oxford
— Myles Tarry (@MylesTarry) January 30, 2020
I’m as gutted as anyone about the loss of TF and Shandon but it’s the model we operate with. We sign lots of very promising young lads who come to us cos they know they’ll get developed and allowed to move on at right price. Pay off is #oufc survive financially. It works
— Andy Yeats (@HarlowYellow) January 31, 2020
I feel like If they had left earlier in the window people wouldn't have been so annoyed, we all knew this may happen. Fosu sounds like we are getting an excellent deal for him, baptiste I can get the frustration as I think we could get more for him If we wait #oufc
— Rosie (@Rosie_may16) January 30, 2020
Fosu is covered with players already in our squad, baptiste is a big shame and little depth in that position with Brannagans injuries but guess Thorne covers that. The fee best have been £5+ mil #oufc
— Andrew Oakley (@andrewoakley00) January 30, 2020
Not fussed about fosu has been off the pace last 5 games. Baptiste will be missed but not season ending. As the board said before we buy cheap, develop and sell. If we didnt sell, players wouldnt want to join us in the first place. The rollercoaster of football. #oufc
— Daniel Cable (@danny_man_) January 30, 2020
Baptiste has played 43 times for #oufc with 16 of those being league starts and 9 of those league starts being this season. It's a lot of money to receive for his career so far. No doubt he'll go on to bigger things if he keeps grounded but we simply have to take the money.
— Jack Shoemark (@CaptainOx) January 30, 2020