Oxford United’s Marvin Johnson in action (left)
Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson and manager Michael Appleton have commented on the winger's future amid reported interest from Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and others.
Johnson has excelled since swapping Motherwell for the U's last summer, scoring nine goals and creating 13 in 46 appearances in all competitions.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 26-year-old's displays are said to have caught the attention of several clubs higher up the ladder, with Villa and West Brom the two most notable suitors.
However, in an interview published by the Oxford Mail on Friday, Johnson suggested there has been no concrete approach from any club as yet.
"For people to be talking about you then you must be doing something right," he said. "It’s just rumours and you have to get on with your football.
"You just have to keep your head down and keep doing what you’re doing. The more you see it, the more it should push you on."
Oxford, who are 10th in League One, were robbed of two of their star performers during last summer's transfer window, with Johnson replacing one of those, Callum O'Dowda, after the Irishman left for Bristol City.
Striker Kemar Roofe was also on the move to the Championship, signing for promotion-chasing Leeds United, and Appleton admitted that a seven-figure bid for any of his players will be difficult to turn down.
"We know we’ll get three or four offers for players," he said. "Again, everyone has a price, but it has to be right for Oxford United.
Oxford United manager Michael Appleton
"You have to weigh up the rewards for getting into the Championship by keeping that squad together, (against) the opportunity to regenerate a bit of cash we can put through the system again.
"I’m not daft, football is a business. When people come in and offer you in excess of £1 million for a player in League One, that’s a hell of a lot of money and you have to take it seriously."
A move to either Aston Villa or West Brom is sure to appeal to Johnson, a Birmingham native who played for a trio of local non-league sides before moving to Motherwell.
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