Columbus Crew have rejected a bid from Oxford United for Chris Cadden.

The Scotsman has spent the first half of this season on loan at the Kassam Stadium but is set to leave the League One side in January, according to a report by the Witney Gazette. 

Cadden, who is 23 years-old, signed for Columbus Crew in July but was immediately loaned out to Oxford by the Major League Soccer side.

He had previously played in the Scottish Premiership for Motherwell, where he racked up 139 appearances.

The Scotland international has impressed for Oxford this season to the extent that they have moved to sign him on a permanent basis. He has played 16 times for Karl Robinson’s side.

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Cadden is obviously part of Columbus’ plans for their 2020 campaign. They finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last year.

Robinson has spoken about Oxford’s rebuffed bid, as per the Witney Gazette: ” They’ve rejected it, so that’s the end of it. We’ve half known that to an extent. Let me tell you, the bid was very high as well.”

“To be fair to Tiger (U’s chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth), he didn’t want to haggle. We had an amount of money, which would break my record transfer – for a right back in League One. That’s the board doing everything they can.”

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He added: “We’ll have to wait and see. They (Columbus) might change their mind, you just don’t know.”