Oxford's Kemar Roofe reacts to Newcastle's reported interest, chief executive responds

Newcastle are reportedly pursuing Oxford star Kemar Roofe.

Oxford United sensation Kemar Roofe has told The Herald that he is flattered by reports of interest from Newcastle United, but the club's chief executive says there haven't been any enquiries.

Roofe, 22, left West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis over the summer, having hit six goals in 16 games during a loan spell with Oxford last season.

This term, the young forward has exploded in League Two, smashing 11 goals in 20 games as he establishes himself as one of the most promising players in the Football League.

Unsurprisingly, Roofe's exploits at the Kassam Stadium have triggered interest in his signature, with The Chronicle noting that Newcastle's chief scout Graham Carr was been watching Roofe in action, as the Magpies look to unearth some gems in the lower league.

Now, Roofe has tackled the rumours, stating that whilst he is focusing on his career with Oxford, he is flattered by speculation of a move to St. James' Park.

"I was told about it on Friday, it’s just speculation and that happens in football. I just wanted to prepare for the game," said Roofe. "Of course (it’s flattering). I must be doing something right, but as long as we win games and get promoted at the end of the season that’s all that matters," he added.

Additionally, Oxford's chief executive Mark Ashton has told BBC Sport that there have been no enquiries for Roofe, citing that he sees the reports as pure speculation.

"Nobody has called directly on Kemar Roofe or about any of our players" Ashton said. "There's lots of chatter in the background from agents, but that's what the industry is like."

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