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Oxford insist Constable deal done

James Constable
James Constable is Oxford's top scorer with 24 goals

Oxford United insist contracts have been signed to make James Constable a permanent signing in the summer.

Paul Simpson, boss of the striker's parent club Shrewsbury, had said that the 24-year-old had jumped the gun in announcing the deal last week.

U's chairman Kelvin Thomas told BBC Oxford: "We have an agreement in place with Shrewsbury Town and an agreement in place with James Constable.

"The only document we don't have is his registration as an Oxford player."

Thomas added: "As is pretty well documented this can't happen until the end of the season. You would expect that will be a formality at the end of the season."

Simpson had earlier expressed irritation at last week's announcement, telling BBC Radio Shropshire: "Constable's contracted to us for next season, and he's still our player.


"He remains contracted to us, and he's talking about things that might not be under his control."

The striker is on a season-long loan at Oxford, and the Blue Square transfer deadline passed on 31 March.

Simpson allowed Constable - who had been signed by former Town manager Gary Peters from Kidderminster the previous season - to move for the season last July after the Shrews signed Grant Holt and Richard Walker.

He has proved a big hit at Oxford, with 24 goals to date - including the two that beat U's Blue Square Premier promotion rivals Histon on Saturday.

On Friday, he told BBC Oxford: "I've said from early on I'd like to stay here. I see it as a massive club going forward, and I want to be a part of it."

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