MIDE Shodipo and Marcus McGuane will remain at Oxford United for the rest of the season, says Karl Robinson.

The pair could have been recalled from their season-long loans by respective parent clubs QPR and Nottingham Forest this month.

But Robinson says the date for the two Championship sides to trigger the recall clause has passed.

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Shodipo’s last-minute winner at Rochdale on Tuesday was his eighth goal of the season, but the U’s head coach told BBC Radio Oxford’s Five Minute Fans Forum there is still room for improvement.

He said: “Mide’s a strange one, I still think he can do more.

"I don’t think we’ve seen enough of him consistently – but he scores goals.”

McGuane, who has been a regular in United’s midfield during their 11-match unbeaten run, is out for a month after injuring his thigh against Bristol Rovers last Saturday.

While the U’s will keep hold of the loanees, they are still yet to make a signing in the January transfer window.

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United have targets they are chasing, but Robinson revealed a surprise phone call may have altered his thinking.

He said: “This morning an agent called me about a player we thought wasn’t available.

“You put all your prep work you’ve been doing on other players in the bin and try to jump on that.”

The U’s boss also elaborated on plans to send striker Derick Osei out on loan.

The 22-year-old has not played a Sky Bet League One game since October after being removed from United’s registered squad, although he has scored three times in five Papa John’s Trophy appearances.

Robinson said: “He’s currently training at Cheltenham, but we want to get him out for the rest of the season in the National League or League Two to gain experience.

“Then we can take stock in the summer.”