Derby County have reportedly entered the race for Swindon Town’s Akin Odimayo according to TEAMtalk.

The 21-year-old who progressed through Reading’s academy set-up has made 33 appearances for the Robins this season, proving a pivotal member of John Sheridan’s side as they attempt to escape relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

Having only joined Swindon last summer, it’d be a surprise to see the youngster part ways so soon without a fight.

Signed on a free from the Royals, Odimayo initially signed a one-year deal with the Robins. It is believed that the club are set to activate a clause which will see his contract extended for a further season due to his impressive performances, thus receiving a fee should he move on.

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Able to play as a full-back or central defender, the youngster spent time on loan with Hungerford Town in the National League South and Waterford in the League of Ireland Premier Division whilst at Reading.

The Rams face competition for his signature, however, with fellow Sky Bet Championship trio Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City and Preston North End also keeping a keen eye on the Camden-born ace.

Wayne Rooney’s men are certainly in need of a defender or two this summer with a number of the current defensive options either out of contract or set to return to their parent club – could Odimayo provide a sensible option for Derby?

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