The transfer rumors never seem to end, do they?
The latest link is that Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson has apparently handed in his walking papers at the Kassam Stadium to boss Pep Clotet. Oxford reportedly rejected a £1 million bid for him from Hull City over the weekend. Johnson, 26, only joined Oxford last summer from Scottish side Motherwell, and Hull City, flush with Premier League parachute payments, is willing to improve the offer for him.
Leeds United reportedly is interested in Johnson as well. Johnson can play both left wing and left back, and since currently the only recognized left back on the roster is Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Leeds might be interested in snatching the man right out from underneath the noses of Hull. Clotet may not want to lose the player to another team, but if the player wants to go, Clotet may at least get in a good word about his former club to the both Johnson and the board at Oxford.
The coaching staff and scouts at Leeds already had a chance to see Johnson up close during the friendly between Oxford and Leeds at Elland Road earlier this summer. Johnson made over 60 appearances for both Motherwell and Oxford United last season, so he’s used to the grind of a long season more than the young Borthwick-Jackson if he is to be used as a left-back by Christiansen. On more than one occasion during both preseason and during the League Cup match against Port Vale, young winger Madger Gomes was pressed into duty as a left-back to finish out a match. Gomes belongs in the U23s at this point in his career, and perhaps bringing in a player such as Johnson will give some added flexibility and depth to the Leeds side.
This link might be stretching it a bit, as it looks like Hull are in the pole position to sign the player from Oxford, but it might be fun to put one over on Hull and beat them to his signature.