JAMIE Hanson has become Oxford United’s third signing late on transfer deadline day.

The 22-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in six figures, from Derby County and put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Kassam Stadium today.

His move was confirmed as the window shut, shortly after Ricky Holmes's loan from Sheffield United and Tsun Dai's transfer from Bury were announced.

United had what boss Karl Robinson described as a “substantial” bid accepted for Hanson last Thursday, but it has taken time to tie up the remaining details.

He said: “It’s nice to be wanted.

“I came down last night and I was itching to come here, so I’m just glad we’ve finally got it done.

“I felt loved by the gaffer and that was the main thing.”

Robinson said: “It’s a big one for us, someone who we think can sit in midfield and be an enforcer. He gives us that discipline in there.

“He plays in a number of positions as well, but he’s certainly bought into playing a holding midfield role.

“He’s someone we identified a long time ago, it’s just a pity it took so long to get done. We’re over the moon with that acquisition.”

Burton-born Hanson has made 35 appearances for Derby and signed a new two-year deal with the Rams in April.

But the change of management during the summer has appeared to have seen him slip down the pecking order under Frank Lampard at Pride Park.

Hanson’s other senior experience came in a loan spell at Wigan Athletic, where he made 17 appearances in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign.