Oxford United’s long pursuit of Tyrone Barnett will come to a conclusion one way or the other before the transfer deadline. The Peterborough striker who had a loan spell with the U’s earlier this season is the subject of a transfer bid with Chief Executive Mark Ashton commenting “I won’t identify the fee but I imagine it’s one of the larger ones the club has put in.”
It is believed that Barnett who scored 6 goals in 12 starts during his loan spell at the Kassam Stadium has agreed personal terms but is now deciding his future with clubs from all three divisions of the football league interested in securing the services of the 29 year old former Macclesfield player.
Whilst the U’s work hard to bring a striker in, another could well be heading out of the exit door. There is some confusion over the position of John Campbell who joined the club at the end of November. Campbell, signed from Jarrow Roofing on a deal described as “a short term deal until the end of the season”, however, it has been revealed that it was actually a loan agreement until the end of January with a transfer fee agreed between the two clubs which would turn the move permanent after the end of the loan. Rumours on social media site Twitter earlier this week suggested that Campbell had been released but comments by Michael Appleton suggested this was not the case:
“There was a bit of a confusion yesterday on that one. If you’d asked me yesterday morning I think the likelihood was he would’ve been going back to Jarrow Roofing. But after discussion I’ve had just now there’s a possibility he could be here until the end of the season, which I hope is the case.“
It seems that Oxford are looking to push any decision about a permanent transfer back until the end of the season but Jarrow Roofing may not be keen on this suggestion. Appleton rated the chances of an agreement being made in United’s favour as 50/50:
“The easiest thing would be to turn around and say ‘we can’t make the decision now, he’s going to have to go back’, but we want to give the lad the best opportunity we can.We just need a little bit more time before we make a decision”.
The 26 year old has scored once in his three appearances so far for the U’s and scored in each of his appearances for the club’s development squad. However, it his performances for the first-team which will be the deciding factor on whether Appleton wants to pay a fee for his services. The decision may be made for the Head Coach if Jarrow refuse to allow an extension and the striker returns to the north-east.