OXFORD United are hoping to tie up a loan deal for an attacking player today as Ryan Taylor leaves on a free transfer.

The striker has been in the best form of his 18 months at the U’s, but was left out of the squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup victory over Newcastle United.

Sky Bet League Two promotion challengers Plymouth Argyle are thought to be his destination, with Appleton expecting a move to be completed by this morning.

Last week United brought in Toni Martinez, who scored on his debut against Newcastle, and Appleton is confident at least one more new face will arrive before the 11pm transfer deadline tomorrow.

Speaking after Saturday’s win, the head coach said: “We’ve got three days and that’s a long time in a transfer window.

“We’re hoping we’ve got one that’s been agreed and will be in on Monday and possibly another one before Tuesday.”

While Taylor’s eight goals from 37 starts in an injury-hit spell at United left him open to criticism from some supporters, his unselfishness made players and staff rate him highly.

But Appleton, who needs to move one player out before bringing anyone in, believes for the side to push on to a new level the 28-year-old would not be guaranteed regular football.

He said: “I had a discussion with Ryan a few days before the window opened.

“He’s had some purple patches where he’s done really well and then times when he’s been injured or not done so well.

“I felt we needed to keep try and progressing and pushing the bar.

“I said if we do that and push the bar higher I won’t stand in your way, I’ll give you the opportunity to go and play regularly.

“I hope he gets the move he wants and deserves.

“We’ve got, I believe, a top quality striker in Toni Martinez and there will be a decent quality player coming through the door on Monday as well.”