Swindon Town manger John Sheridan says he can see why the likes of Derby County and Stoke City would be interested in signing Akin Odimayo this summer, Swindon Advertiser report.
Odimayo only joined Swindon from Reading last summer after being released.
But the 21-year-old has quickly found his feet in League One, making 30 appearances for Swindon with his performances attracting several Championship clubs.
TEAMtalk claim Derby, Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End are keen.
Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, Swindon boss Sheridan says he isn’t surprised by the interest but warns his young defensive talent still has a lot to learn.
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“I can see why teams are interested, but he’s been in and out of the team here. He’s performed well at times and then he hasn’t performed well. He’s a young lad who’s learning the game, and he’s got a lot to learn still. He needs to be consistently performing well if it’s Championship clubs looking at him and a move does work out,” Sheridan explained.
Odimayo can feature at both centre-back and right-back.
Stoke may be looking to freshen up their squad after mostly targeting experienced players last summer such as James Chester, Morgan Fox, Steven Fletcher and John Obi Mikel.
The Potters have fallen short in their bid for a Championship playoff spot this term.
Derby, meanwhile, may be tracking Odimayo ahead of the summer as the Rams must look into their defensive options once the current season comes to an end.
Matt Clarke, George Edmundson and Teden Mengi are all on loan. Derby appear to have an agreement to re-sign the latter, but no official decision has been made.
Andre Wisdom, meanwhile, is out of contract this summer while the experienced Curtis Davies remains side-lined after suffering an ACL injury last year.