Oxford United have been linked with a move for Bristol City midfielder Hakkeb Adelakun, as reported by James Goodwin on Twitter.
The U’s narrowly missed out on a spot in the Championship after qualifying for the play-offs, and Karl Robinson will be hoping to secure the same again this time out. They’ve already bagged Sean Clare from Hearts and are now eyeing a swoop for out-of-favour Adelakun.
The 24-year-old began his career with Scunthorpe United, after serving as a youth at West Ham and Crystal Palace. He impressed in North Lincolnshire, and over the course of six seasons made 169 appearances. That earned him a switch to the south west, joining Bristol City in 2018. Sadly, Adelakun honly appeared five times for the Robins and is currently expected to leave the club.
Last season, he enjoyed a brief loan spell with Rotherham United, another side linked with a move for the player by Goodwin. Paul Warne has already spoken of his desire to add the winger to his ranks, but Karl Robinson is keen to add some attacking flair to his side moving into the new season.
It was also believed Sunderland were eyeing a move for the Hackney-born wide man, but that interest appears to have cooled. However, Robinson is still looking to replace two departed stars from the January window, despite their top six finish.
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Goodwin is one of the few accounts who tends to be accurate when discussng transfer news, so perhaps Oxford are indeed after the winger. He certainly fits the bill for them, he would be a like-for-like replacement for Tarique Fosu, who left on deadline day in January wthout adequate replacement.
Oxford also paid an undisclosed fee for Sean Clare and are likely to be in a position to do so again, even if the player’s wages would have to fit within the salary cap. Also, with 19 players over 21 in the squad, Robinson only has three spaces left before he has to loan out or sell.
Will the lure of Championship football take the winger back to rotherham, or could a move closer to home be a deciding factor in a move to the south?