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Hughton explains Forest’s decision to sell McGuane to Oxford

Boss Chris Hughton has explained Nottingham Forest’s decision to sell Marcus McGuane to Oxford United.

The midfielder yesterday penned a three-year deal for the League One side, where he spent this season on loan, leaving the Reds without ever playing for the first-team.

McGuane had made the switch to the City Ground from Barcelona in February 2020, following a lengthy pursuit by the club.

The former Arsenal man initially linked up with the Under-23s and was tipped as one for the future.

He headed for the U’s in August and made 21 appearances before a thigh injury ended his campaign early, but has now signed on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee – a decision which hasn’t gone down well with some Forest fans.


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“It’s a question of the two sides of it. One is, from our point of view, whether we think he could come back and influence our first-team,” said Hughton.

“And then it’s also an opportunity for him to go to a club that want to take him.

“That is the balance.

“For one person who does that, it’s right, for another person, it’s not right.

“We feel that in these circumstances it is the right thing. And also for the lad’s career, we presume he’ll go and play regularly in a team that is really pushing.

“These are the occasions where you just wish the young lad all the very best.”

McGuane has said of joining Oxford: “I have loved my time here and think it’s the happiest I have felt in my footballing career.

“I have been made to feel welcome since the very first day, the gaffer, the staff and the players have been fantastic and I was really enjoying playing until the injury.

“I am well on the way to recovery now and when we started discussing making the move permanent it was an easy decision because the club is ambitious and I want to be part of it.”

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