Oxford reject bid by Bristol Rovers for striker James Constable
BRISTOL Rovers manager Mark McGhee has had a bid to sign Oxford United striker James Constable rejected.
Constable, 27, was Oxford's top scorer with 11 goals last season and has two years remaining on his contract at Rovers' League Two rivals.
Constable, pictured, almost left the club during the January transfer window after Oxford accepted an offer believed to be in the region of £200,000 from Swindon Town for the striker.
Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas said: "James has attracted interest from a variety of clubs and further interest is not really a surprise. We have received a formal offer from Rovers but have turned it down."
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McGhee is believed to be in the market for another striker after releasing veteran forward Scott McGleish at the end of the season.
Malmesbury-born Constable has a proven goalscoring record in the lower leagues after netting 149 times in 313 senior games. He started his career as a part-timer at Southern League Cirencester Town, but moved on to Chippenham Town after scoring 30 goals in 70 games.
His first foray into the professional game came when he was signed in 2005 by Walsall, where he only managed five goals in 29 games.
Two seasons later, Constable dropped out of the league again to join Kidderminster Harriers. A total of 30 goals in 60 games, however, facilitated a move to Shrewsbury Town and a return to League Two.
Constable joined Oxford, initially on loan, in the 2008-09 campaign and has since become a fans' favourite and skippered the side, scoring 80 times in four seasons.
McGhee, meanwhile, is still waiting to finds out if player-of-the-year Danny Woodards and Wayne Brown will put pen-to-paper on the new deals offered to the out-of-contract pair at the end of the season.
In-demand wideman Mustapha Carayol has also been offered new and improved terms, while McGhee has confirmed he is also hoping to tie up long-terms deal for Leicester City defenders Tom Parkes and Cian Bolger.