According to Football Insider, Leeds United have joined the race to sign reported Derby County target Rob Dickie following a string of fine performances.
Dickie has been one of Oxford United’s best players this season.
The 24-year-old central defender has helped the U’s challenge for the League One playoffs while reaching the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
In his last six League One encounters, Dickie has posted two MOTM awards.
Football Insider claim Leeds scouts have been blown away by his displays. Southampton and Burnley are also mentioned as suitors.
Ahead of January, the same report claimed Derby were keen on the player.
The Rams have a pre-contract agreement to sign Mike te Wierik this summer. However, the Rams are still short on options after Richard Keogh’s sacking.
Fellow defenders Curtis Davies, 35, and Craig Forsyth, 31, have expiring contracts and may find themselves out of favour next season.
Dickie has shown is ready to step up. 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.
Derby know they will have competition on their hands for his signature.