Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that defender Josh Ruffels wants to leave the club this summer and secure himself a move to the Championship.
Ruffels is a player that is attracting a lot of attention this summer, with the left-back having enjoyed an excellent campaign in League One scoring six goals and providing six assists in his 44 appearances.
That has seen the defender reportedly emerge on the radar of Nottingham Forest who have been weighing up whether to make a move for him or not, according to The Athletic.
It has been reported by Yorkshire Live that Ruffels is also a key target for Huddersfield as they aim to bring in competition for Harry Toffolo at left-back.
The latest report from Sky Sports revealed that Huddersfield are closing in on a move for Ruffels, who is set to be out of contract at Oxford this summer.
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Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Robinson revealed that Ruffels is now nearing an exit from the League One club and has informed him that he wants to secure himself a move to the Championship this summer.
He said: “I’ve spoke to Ruffs a lot and he wants to leave on the right terms.
“He feels that tying him down to a contract takes him until he’s 30 plus, when his opportunity in the Championship may be now.
“We’ll wait and see, it’s still not done but I can’t wait no more.
“I think the world of Ruffs, he knows that and I’ve said this to him – and he thinks the world of the football club, and we have a tremendous relationship.
“He never wanted to leave and if we were in the Championship, he definitely would’ve stayed.”
This is a major blow for Oxford but it does suggest that Huddersfield are likely now to be able to complete a swoop for Ruffels after reports emerged of their interest. The 27-year-old seems to be the perfect kind of signing for them to make to provide competition for Toffolo and the left-back is a player that will believe he can even claim his place in the starting line-up.
Ruffels is a player that has earned the right to make the step up to the Championship and he has been a consistent and quality performer for Oxford for a while now in the third tier. It will not have been easy for him to come to the decision that he needs to leave the club, but you feel he deserves the chance to test himself at a higher level.
Huddersfield will want to swiftly tie up this deal now because Nottingham Forest are also in the hunt for the defender and there is also the case that other sides may be alerted to his potential situation now following Robinson’s admission.