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Manager issues transfer response after West Brom, Hull City, Sunderland and QPR speculation

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Des Buckingham, the head coach of Oxford United, is determined to retain the services of Josh Murphy amid growing transfer speculation linking the winger to several clubs, including West Bromwich Albion.

The 29-year-old Murphy, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, has attracted interest from multiple Championship clubs and even a team from Major League Soccer. His recent impressive form, with six goals in his last 13 games and three assists in his last four, has heightened the interest in him.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Murphy’s future, Buckingham remains hopeful that Oxford United can persuade him to stay. He values Murphy not just for his footballing abilities but also for his positive influence within the club.

Buckingham expressed his admiration for Murphy’s character and work ethic, highlighting his dedication to the team and his enjoyment of playing for Oxford United. He emphasized the club’s commitment to retaining key players and creating an environment where they can thrive.

Murphy’s contributions on the field have been crucial to Oxford’s push for a playoff spot in League One this season. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Oxford is currently in contention for a place in the playoffs, which could extend their season and provide further opportunities for Murphy to showcase his talent.

Reflecting on Murphy’s journey at Oxford United, Buckingham acknowledged the winger’s initial challenges, including injuries and competition for places, but praised his resilience and adaptability. He believes that Murphy’s improved performances are a testament to his professionalism and dedication to his craft.

Ultimately, Buckingham hopes to continue working with Murphy for years to come, highlighting his positive impact both on and off the pitch. As the season nears its conclusion, Oxford United will do everything in their power to retain the services of their influential winger and key asset.

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