According to Sky Sports Transfer Centre (14/07, 10:24am), Nottingham Forest are keen on a summer deal for reported Derby County target Rob Dicke.
The Oxford United defender has been one of the best players in League One this term.
The U’s defeat in the League One playoff final, however, will surely see Dickie move on this summer as a host of Championship clubs show an interest.
According to Football Insider last December, Derby were monitoring the player.
The Rams confirmed the signing of Mike Te Wierik in January. However, Phillip Cocu’s side must add at least one more central defender this summer.
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Matt Clarke is to return to Brighton and Hove Albion after his impressive loan spell. Curtis Davies, meanwhile, turned 35 in March while Krystian Bielik is out injured.
Derby are short on defensive options, and Dickie has the qualities to be a top addition.
The defender is strong in the air, reads the game well and good in possession. He averages an 80.8% pass-accuracy rate.
The Mirror liken him to Manchester United’s £80 million defender Harry Maguire who played League One football while at former club Sheffield United.
But if Derby are serious in their interest, they may have to move quickly.
The latest report from Sky Sports claim Forest and Fulham are also keen, while a bargain fee in the region of £2-3 million could be enough to prompt Oxford into selling him.
Forest’s intentions may depend on what league they are in next season. The Reds are all-but assured of a Championship playoff place and they will fancy their chances.