OXFORD United will not pursue their interest in Will Grigg, according to Karl Robinson.

The U's head coach revealed on Friday he was keen to bring in the striker, who looks set to leave Sunderland on loan today.

Several clubs are in the hunt for the 29-year-old, with MK Dons - where Grigg played under Robinson in 2014/15 - now among the favourites.

And with United prioritising the signings of a winger and a left back instead, their head coach confirmed interest had cooled.

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Robinson said: “It was a possibility, but other areas have become more apparent to us.

"It won’t be a move we’ll be going to.

"He would have come here if we wanted him, that was very clear.

"He’s a player that I’ve got unbelievable respect for.

"On and off the pitch he’s the type of character that everybody should have in the dressing room.

"He’s a good guy and I know he’s not scored a goal for a period of time, but I know he’ll find that rhythm very quickly."

Grigg has played 12 times without scoring this season and is currently recovering from a knee problem.

With United forced to work within the £2.5million salary cap, it was always likely they would have had to make room before bringing in the forward.

Robinson felt Sam Winnall's lively performance off the bench against Fleetwood Town on Saturday had already boosted his attacking options.

He added: "Seeing Sam getting back up to speed is very exciting for us.

"That’ll be like a new signing if we keep him fit.

"It’s only if Sam wasn’t available and we had injuries that it (Grigg) would be a possibility.”

Robinson also confirmed rumours that United rejected a bid in the region of £500,000 from Sky Bet Championship side Millwall for Cameron Brannagan.

The 24-year-old only signed a two-year contract extension in August, which keeps him at the club until summer 2023.

He said: “We rejected over half a million for Cameron.

"We know what he’s worth and it’s a long way more than that.”