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Oxford United want transfer window shut
ONLY a big transfer bid would convince Oxford United to do any business before the window shuts at 11pm this evening.
U’s boss Chris Wilder is expecting a quiet day and after recruiting Daniel Boateng from Arsenal on Tuesday is not looking to clinch a last-minute deal.
There remains the possibility of a player going the other way, but as of yesterday, the manager had not been notified of any bids.
The team have caught the eye so far this season and they sit top of npower League Two with a 100 per cent record before tomorrow’s trip to York City.
Wilder expects clubs have been looking at his players, but if any offers come before tonight, only those willing to pay over the odds will have a chance.
“I should imagine there will be phone calls being made all over the country, but unless they are head-turning fees involved, I don’t expect anybody to be going,” he said.
“There have been no approaches, so we’ll keep everybody in the building, which I’ve got to say I’m happy about.
“It’s good because at the moment we’re doing our jobs successfully and it’s up to us to maintain that, which is the hardest thing.
“I wouldn’t be surprised (if clubs were watching) because we’ve got some decent players in the club and they’ve done extremely well.”
United do not need to sell for financial reasons, as they showed by rejecting three offers for James Constable from Bristol Rovers this summer.
Wilder would not block any of his players if they had the chance to move to a significantly bigger club, but has no concers he is about to lose a prized asset.
He said: “We don’t have to deal for £20-25,000, (but) if it’s a ridiculous fee you never know.
“You look at the lad at Chesterfield (Jordan Bowery) who looks like he's going for £500,000 to Aston Villa, I suppose if something happens like that you can get a call and suddenly players are on their way.
“We won’t stand in their way if it’s a head-turning fee and a head-turning club and an option for the player to really kick their career on.
“I’m happy we’ve brought players in who are valued by other clubs, but that doesn’t mean we have to sell them at a drop of a hat.”
United’s start has also led to attention on Wilder himself, with rumours circulating he is on Coventry City’s shortlist to replace Andy Thorn.
Wilder, who has been with the U’s for almost four years, views it as just mere speculation.
He said: “I should imagine as there is speculation with players it is the same with managers that are doing OK at the moment.
“I take it as a compliment that my team is doing OK.
“Until anything happens I’ll just keep my head down and get on with working for the club.”