EFL expert George Elek has claimed on Twitter that Forest gem Marcus McGuane could be set to sign for Oxford permanently during the summer.

This came after yesterday’s defeat for the U’s against Accrington when manager Karl Robinson spoke to BBC Radio Oxford.

McGuane was loaned to the League One outfit for the 2020/21 campaign back in the summer.

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Injury has scuppered his time at the Kassam Stadium, however, and a hamstring injury put an end to his season last month.

McGuane checked in at the City Ground from Barcelona in February 2020.

The former Arsenal man played two first-team games under Arsene Wenger but failed to win an appearance at Barca.

Now it seems as though, Robinson has hinted at signing McGuane permanently during the summer.


Elek is co-host of the reputable Not The Top 20 podcast and he relayed the information on his official Twitter account.


Would losing McGuane be a shock?

It has to be said that it probably would, given that he’s not had a crack at Forest yet.

Seemingly someone somewhere at the City Ground doesn’t believe he is capable of stepping up to play first-team football.

McGuane registered four assists in 15 appearances during his time at Oxford, adding strength and guile to their midfield.

At 22, the energetic performer still has time on his side and it perhaps would be a bit of a blow to lose him.

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Forest won’t be overly blessed with midfield options in the summer either.

Ryan Yates, Cafu and Jack Colback are under contract but James Garner will go back to Manchester United and Samba Sow is likely to be released.

Only time will tell whether Forest live to regret any decision to let McGuane depart this summer.

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