Appleton's closing in on striker for Oxford United

United substitute James Roberts (right) closes down Wolves’s Antony Forde during last night's 1-0 defeat

United substitute James Roberts (right) closes down Wolves’s Antony Forde during last night's 1-0 defeat

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Michael Appleton says Oxford United are “super close” to signing a striker to boost a side which lacked a cutting edge in a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves last night.

The U’s matched their Championship opponents in most departments, but rarely carried a goal threat in the final third as they lost to Leon Clarke’s first-half effort.

Strengthening the forward line has been a priority for Appleton since arriving earlier this month, and the head coach believes a deal for one forward is near.

He said: “It’s about getting the right one and from what I’m being told we’re not close, we’re super close on certainly one.

“That will give everyone a big lift going into Saturday’s game.

“He’s someone I’ve been aware of for a while and saw him play and do really well at the back end of last season.”

One other concern last night was the sight of Johnny Mullins limping off in the first half with a dead leg.

United will not know the extent of the problem for 48 hours, but the centre back will definitely miss Saturday’s game at home to Bournemouth.

Otherwise, Appleton was upbeat about the display.

He said: “Apart from the goal, there were a couple of chances created by both sides and I thought it was a really competitive pre-season game.”

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett said: “It was good for our lads to come to a league ground and if we come here in the cup it will be a hard tie.

“We certainly didn’t have things all our own way.”

Fans keen to join Oxford United on their pre-season trip to Austria

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford United’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the confirmation of a training camp and a match in Austria.

Oxford United to hold pre-season training camp in Austria

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 29th May 2015

OXFORD United will spend a week in Austria as part of their pre-season preparations.

Ashton: Oxford United transfer success down to ambition, not cash

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United’s ability to land their main targets this summer is down to selling players a vision for the future rather than offering the most money, according to chief executive Mark Ashton.

Oxford United to take more control over kit design as part of retail changes

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United have announced big changes in their retail department, which will give them more control over their design of merchandise.

Ryan Taylor relishing fight for Oxford United starting role

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RYAN Taylor is relishing the prospect of battling for a place in Oxford United’s striking quartet next season after completing his move yesterday.

Fans keen to join Oxford United on their pre-season trip to Austria

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford United’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the confirmation of a training camp and a match in Austria.

MOTORSPORT: Bradley Smith sets strong pace ahead of Mugello qualifying

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

BRADLEY Smith made a strong start with the fifth fastest time in practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello yesterday.

SWIMMING: Bicester Blue Fins storm to seven golds in Portsmouth

Oxford Mail: Close up of swimmer for sport

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Bicester Blue Fins kept up their superb form by winning seven gold medals at the second weekend of the ASA South East Regional Championships in Portsmouth.

ATHLETICS: Bonnie van Wilgenburg set for gruelling test

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford runner Bonnie van Wilgenburg is taking on a punishing 85km (52.8 miles) challenge today when she represents Great Britain at the IAU World Trail Championships.

ATHLETICS: Matt Luff's facing a marathon challenge

Oxford Mail: Ultra-dedicated! Oxfordshire marathon man gives his all for charity

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Matt Luff is set to undertake one of the most gruelling ultra-marathons in the world when he competes in the 90km (56 miles) Comrades Marathon in South Africa on Sunday.

WOMEN'S & GIRLS CRICKET: County women tie with S|uffolk in last-ball drama

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxfordshire were involved in a thrilling tie against Suffolk in ECB Women’s County Championship Division 3 at Long Melford.

MARTIAL ARTS: Kat Hill clinches double delight

Oxford Mail: Double gold medal at British Championships for Oxford martial artist and academic

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford-based instructor Kat Hill won double gold at the BJJ British Open last weekend in Coventry.

BOXING: Smith shines against fiery Rosenberg at Gravesham

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

LLOYD Smith was denied a knockout but still recorded a unanimous points win after a dominant display against Ashley Rosenberg at Gravesham ABC, Kent.

MOTORSPORT: Walkinshaw bids to show Zolder zip

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

CHIPPING Norton driver Sean Walkinshaw returns to the country of his birth next weekend when the Blancpain Sprint Series makes its annual visit to Zolder, Belgium.

CRICKET: Oxon Over 60s fall short of target

7:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxfordshire slipped to a 63-run defeat against Somerset in the Seevent 60+ County Championship at Midsomer Norton. Somerset made 277-7 off their 45 overs with Graham Poulton (98) and John Thackray (58) leading the way as Steve Partington took 3-53. Derek Watts (45), Julian Lawton Smith (37) and Ian Caunce (33) chipped in for Oxon, but they were all out for 214, with David Stephenson (4-16) and Brian Brogden (4-25) doing the damage.

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9:19am Wed 30 Jul 14

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Lets hope it's someone who knows where the net is and will get a minimum 20 league goals this season!!

In Appleton We Trust
Lets hope it's someone who knows where the net is and will get a minimum 20 league goals this season!! In Appleton We Trust OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 14

10:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Sounds like the signing of a new striker is imminent - and I have the feeling there's more to come, and, I'm also confident the quality of the players will excite all U's supporters!

Can't wait! COYY!
Sounds like the signing of a new striker is imminent - and I have the feeling there's more to come, and, I'm also confident the quality of the players will excite all U's supporters! Can't wait! COYY! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 11

2:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -33

5:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

howardl says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Why do you persist on writing on here? go on your swindon local rag
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Why do you persist on writing on here? go on your swindon local rag howardl
  • Score: 6

6:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

learned says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future.
Not sure about Hylton tbh
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future. Not sure about Hylton tbh learned
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

learned wrote:
Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future.
Not sure about Hylton tbh
Ignore the troll, he's a Billy no mates from the dark side.
[quote][p][bold]learned[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future. Not sure about Hylton tbh[/p][/quote]Ignore the troll, he's a Billy no mates from the dark side. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Petercoleman says...

If he scores goals who will mon
If he scores goals who will mon Petercoleman
  • Score: 0

9:49am Sat 2 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

I'm struggling to believe the new regime is going to deliver on its apparent promises - There's too many similarities to Kassam's 'were going on a journey' then we get a couple of loan signings. It's obvious we need strikers and I'm sure Appleton is well intentioned but I'd rather they board said nothing until a player was signed. We need 2-3 strikers and at least one with some pedigree and the season will soon be upon us. My enthusiasm has suffered for the past god knows how many years - so many false dawns and broken promises. I'll reserve judgement on the new management team and as usual wait to be proved wrong which is always preferable to seeing the same old mistakes and missed opportunities.
I'm struggling to believe the new regime is going to deliver on its apparent promises - There's too many similarities to Kassam's 'were going on a journey' then we get a couple of loan signings. It's obvious we need strikers and I'm sure Appleton is well intentioned but I'd rather they board said nothing until a player was signed. We need 2-3 strikers and at least one with some pedigree and the season will soon be upon us. My enthusiasm has suffered for the past god knows how many years - so many false dawns and broken promises. I'll reserve judgement on the new management team and as usual wait to be proved wrong which is always preferable to seeing the same old mistakes and missed opportunities. Oxokuba
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