I wanted to stay at Oxford United, says James Constable

James Constable
Constable needs 36 goals to be Oxford's all-time leading goalscorer

Oxford United striker James Constable says he never wanted to leave the club after turning down a move to Bournemouth on transfer deadline day.

The 26-year-old told BBC Oxford: "I felt with a team in a higher division it was worth talking to them.

"There has been a lot of talk about wage demands on my behalf and that's not true. I asked for what I felt was adequate and they agreed to that.

"But it was down to me in the end and I didn't really want to leave."

Constable has been Oxford's top scorer for each of this three years at the club and leads the way again this season with three in six games.

And after being wanted by Luton and Swindon as well as the Cherries, he said: "It's an honour to be linked with clubs. It shows you're doing the right things.

Constable denies wage demand claims

"The chairman and gaffer have been brilliant with me and kept me informed of any bids for me."

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury had hinted he would like to launch a loan move although U's chairman Kelvin Thomas all but ruled that out.

And Constable says he is happy to stay at the club: "Yeah, it was never in my heart to leave this club. It was just to see what was out there.

"It was better than the deal I'm on but it wasn't the right move for me and I'm delighted to still be at Oxford."

Constable is eighth on Oxford's all-time goalscorers list, 35 behind Graham Atkinson.

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