No Newcastle contact over Kemar Roofe, insist Oxford

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2015 2:47

Ashton: No approach for Kemar Roofe

Oxford United insist they’ve received no formal approach for reported Newcastle target Kemar Roofe, according to the club’s chief executive Mark Ashton.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been linked with Newcastle United, has scored 11 goals so far this season including the winner against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.

Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr was spotted in the stand at the Kassam Stadium for Oxford United’s 1-0 win over Cambridge United last week, as the Magpies look towards the Football League ahead of the January transfer window.

However, Oxford United chief executive claims there is yet to be an approach made for the former West Brom trainee.

“Nobody has called directly on Kemar Roofe or about any of our players” Ashton told BBC Radio Oxford.

“There’s lots of chatter in the background from agents, but that’s what the industry is like.”

Ashton admitted the profile of Michael Appleton’s side, who moved to within two points of League Two leaders Plymouth on Saturday, has increased the number of scouts at home matches.

“Over the last six-to-nine months, the type of clubs attending has changed dramatically,” he added.

“But, myself, chairman Darryl Eales and Michael Appleton are under no pressure to sell players.

“We want to keep this squad together and our key focus is to get us out of this division.”

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