Leeds United are keeping tabs on Oxford United captain Robert Dickie, according to The Sunday Mirror (August 9th, p.65).
The 24-year-old centre-back was a mainstay of his side’s League One campaign last season, featuring in 34 matches as his team missed out on promotion via the play-offs.
And it is understood that he has done enough to catch the eye of Elland Road chiefs.
The ex-Reading man is entering the last year of his contract with Oxford, and is said to be valued at around £3 million.
The Whites aren’t the only club who are reportedly interested, however, with newly promoted peers West Brom and Fulham also keen, as well as Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United.
This would certainly be an unorthodox move from Leeds.
Bringing in a League One defender for your first season back in the Premier League may not be the kind of high profile signing that some fans will have been dreaming of, but if the player’s good enough, he could easily make the step up.
Just last year, The Mirror ran a feature in which they compared him to Manchester United and England mainstay Harry Maguire.
And in terms of his defensive capabilities, he made more interceptions, more ball recoveries, and won more aerial duels per 90 minutes than Ben White did last season, as per Wyscout.
That’s not to say that he is a better player than White, but certainly, if that is the level he is operating at, you wouldn’t bet against him being a success in the top flight.
At £3 million, he would be relatively cheap, and could prove to be a fine investment for the future.
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