Surely this rumour can’t have any substance to it? Even if it does, the thought of Kilmarnock defender Stuart Findlay moving to League One with Oxford United seems pretty ridiculous.
The Scottish Sun have reported that the third tier English side are after Findlay, with both parties apparently thrashing out terms.
For a number of reasons, this deal seems bizarre.
Kilmarnock and Findlay can do better than Oxford
The only thing that could be said for Oxford is they know all about the SPFL. Since the 2016/17 campaign, they’ve averaged a signing a season from the Scottish top flight, their most recent one being Alex Gorrin from Motherwell. They have also been heavily linked with Well winger Chris Cadden.
Findlay moving to the Kassam Stadium doesn’t make much sense at all. Back in March the Scottish Sun were linking him with a move to Sheffield Wednesday for a fee of £1 million.
From a sleeping giant of English football, to League One mid-table mountain Oxford, it’s quite a drastic change in club over a few months. Maybe next month he’ll be linked with Salford City in League Two.
Findlay has a £500,000 price tag going by the Scottish Sun’s recent report. Has Findlay’s value decreased by half just a few months since he was being touted at £1 million?
Given that Aberdeen, according to the Evening Express, rejected £7 million for Scott McKenna last summer, Findlay’s worth about £3 million. He may even be worth more than that.
That seems like an inflated price, but compare the Dons centre-half with Killie’s. There’s not much between the two, yet Findlay is reportedly going for less than a tenth of what McKenna is worth? That sounds unreasonable.
Also, Oxford United’s transfer record stands at £470,000. Are they really going to break that, seen as it has stood since 1998? The chances of it are small, especially from a league some people in English football would consider as ‘tinpot’.
Then again, their record signing is Dean Windass, who made the switch to Oxford from Aberdeen.
This Findlay rumour is bizarre. If it turns out to be true, you have to ask yourself how this has happened and why.