OXFORD United have signed Northern Ireland international Gavin Whyte for an undisclosed fee.

The sought-after winger has agreed a three-year deal with the U’s.

But he may have to wait to make his debut, with international clearance unlikely to be granted in time to enable him to play in one of United's pre-season friendlies tomorrow.

The 22-year-old joins from Crusaders, after helping them to back-to-back league titles with 23 goals in 20 games last season.

He was called into the full Northern Ireland squad in May after starring for the under 21 side.

Whyte a right winger who has also played in the No 10 role, was delighted to complete the move.

“Once I knew Oxford were interested I wanted to come straight away,” he said.

“I had a long chat with the manager, know what he wants to do and how he wants to play and I am excited.

“Of course it’s a big move for me coming over, but I needed to do that to keep progressing.

“I can’t wait to get started now.”

Boss Karl Robinson says the U’s fought off interest from other clubs to get their man, who he is predicting will excite supporters.

“He is quick, skilful and has an eye for goal and we knew that so many other clubs were looking at him, including those in higher leagues,” he said.

“It says a lot about Oxford United and the reputation we have, that Gavin wanted to come here to play his football.

“Gavin will add real pace out wide but can also play more centrally, and we look forward to working with him.”