Bristol City, Stoke, and Sunderland linked midfielder joins League One club

Bristol City weren’t thought to be pursuing a move for Ateef Konate. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)Bristol City weren’t thought to be pursuing a move for Ateef Konate. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Bristol City weren’t thought to be pursuing a move for Ateef Konate. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
He was linked with a move to Ashton Gate - but will instead be playing at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford United have signed forward Ateef Konate on a loan deal from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.

Konate, was linked with a move to the Championship with Bristol City, Stoke City and later Sunderland considered potential destinations for the attacking midfielder.

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It is League One that Konate is heading to, however after Oxford won the race to sign the 21-year-old. He will depart the City Ground for the first time since joining in September 2020, with the Reds hoping that this move will help him develop, before a return back to the Premier League outfit in the summer.

“I am really looking forward to it,” said Konate after his move to the Kassam Stadium. I have been made to feel very welcome and it’s a great club.

“I want to play games, score my first goal and help the team and I know there are two home games this week so I am really looking forward to training and then being a part of it.”

Konate made three senior appearances for Forest, after making his debut in August 2021, and had most recently been playing Under-21 football for the Midlands side. As for the Robin’s stance, it was quickly made clear that they would not be a destination for the youngster. Konate is an attacking midfielder, which is the role that Alex Scott can play, whilst Andi Weimann has also been played there over the last season-and-a-half.

"Not as far as I know,” said Pearson at the start of January, when asked about interest in Konate. “He’s not somebody that I’m aware we’ve got any interest over.”

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