OXFORD United’s pursuit for a goalscorer has ended after they got a loan deal for Matty Taylor over the line.

The 29-year-old watched the U’s win over Peterborough United a week ago, but their prospects looked to be weakening after failing to make progress in the following days.

After Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Blackpool, head coach Karl Robinson admitted he was desperate to get a deal for a front man over the line.

However, a breakthrough at the weekend saw a season-long move from Bristol City, who have an option to recall him in January, confirmed this afternoon.

The paperwork was filed before midday, so he can feature against Burton Albion tomorrow night.

Robinson said: "It was a crazy weekend.

"We're ecstatic. I don't think there are many better No 9s in the league.

"This is one we're all excited about."

It marks a return for Taylor to United, where he came through the youth ranks to make 11 substitute appearances before being released a decade ago.

He said: "It's always been in the back of my mind that I wanted to come back here at some stage, but you just never truly know.

"It's worked out I'm here now and I'm delighted. I'm itching to get out on the pitch now."

A prolific spell at North Leigh followed, launching a professional career which included 20-plus goal totals in three successive campaigns as Bristol Rovers won two promotions.

He came close to joining United in 2016, with then head coach Michael Appleton believing they had shaken hands on a deal, but the striker went on to sign a new contract with Rovers.

A cross-city move to the Robins followed in January 2017.

Taylor has also launched a fashion label, Anuva, which has been worn by celebrities including Ollie Murs.