England U18 prospect leaves West Ham for Championship move, QPR agree deal for international starlet

Transfer updates from the Championship, including moves by Oxford and QPR for future League One play-off winners. Oxford United have announced their second signing of the summer as they prepare for life in the second tier. West Ham goalkeeper Jacob Knightbridge has agreed to join the U’s on a free transfer, which will take effect when his contract with the Hammers expires on July 1.

The teenage goalkeeper had a number of strong displays for West Ham’s reserve squad last season, conceding only 27 times in 19 Premier League 2 games as his team finished second in the table, four points behind leaders Tottenham.

Jacob Knightbridge earned experience by traveling with the club to multiple Europa League matches and sitting on the bench for a number of crucial games. Knightbridge, who has one cap for England’s U18 team, is seen as a promising potential, but Oxford will most certainly send him out on loan to give him first-team experience.
“The plan is to come here and eventually play for the football club. Whether that means remaining and trying to achieve it this season or leaving on loan. But the ultimate goal is to become number one at Oxford, which I hope to achieve.”

Jacob Knightbridge – HO Soccer

Des Buckingham, the club’s head coach, said the club website: “Jacob is a very talented young goalkeeper who we are excited to have at the club.

“We have a very strong goalkeeping department which is led by Lewis Price, and we believe we can help take Jacob’s game to a new level so that he can challenge to play for Oxford United in the future.”
QPR sign agreement for international starlet.
QPR have extended the contract of talented teenage attacker Sinclair Armstrong, putting an end to speculation over a move to a Premier League team.

The 20-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions and scored four goals to win the club’s young player of the year award for the second straight season. Armstrong is seen as a potential star and earned his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland in September, playing in a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. The Irishman has been a popular character at Loftus Road since joining from Shamrock Rovers and is poised to play a significant role next season.

The West London club is yet to reveal how long his new deal will last.

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