OXFORD United’s hopes of re-signing Chris Maguire are over with the forward signing a two-year contract at Bury.

The 28-year-old was at the club's training ground in Carrington yesterday for a medical and to discuss personal terms.

And the deal was finalised this morning.

Maguire was United’s top-scorer last season, netting a career-best 17 goals, including two free-kicks against the Shakers in a 3-2 win last December.

He is a free agent after his one-year deal with the U’s expired last month.

Despite the close relationship with Michael Appleton, United were still considering the former Aberdeen and Derby County attacker this month.

A fortnight ago, new manager Pep Clotet revealed Maguire had been mentioned in his first recruitment meetings at the club.

But the interest appears to have cooled in recent days, with the Scot’s wage demands believed to be an issue.

Bury boss Lee Clark told the club's website: “Chris is a player that I identified very early in the off-season as a player that I would want to recruit.

"The Chairman and I flew up to his home area in Aberdeen to have talks with the player about the possibility of him coming to Bury.

“He obviously had many offers to consider so we are delighted he has chosen us to come and play his football."

Maguire is in line to come up against his former teammates on Tuesday, September 26, when United visit Gigg Lane.

The reverse fixture at the Kassam Stadium is on Saturday, January 20.