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Oxford United set sights on EFL defender as potential Rob Atkinson replacement

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Oxford United are keen on Cheltenham Town’s Will Boyle and Dundee United’s Jamie Robson, as per Alan Nixon.

The U’s are in the market for defensive reinforcements, with Rob Atkinson moving to Championship side Bristol City this weekend.

Oxford cashed in on a bid in the excess of £1.4million for Atkinson, and Karl Robinson now has funds to spend and strengthen his squad with.

According to Alan Nixon, Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle and Dundee United left-back Jamie Robson are now on their radar.

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Boyle helped Cheltenham win promotion from League Two last season, scoring six goals from defence and making 29 appearances in the league.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, so if a bid were to arrive this summer, it may give the club something to think about.

Robson, meanwhile, would provide depth at left-back following Josh Ruffels’ move to Huddersfield at the end of last season.

The 23-year-old has made 168 appearances for United, and is also out of contract at the end of next season.

The Verdict

This would be a positive double swoop for Oxford.

They will have been aware of interest in Rob Atkinson for a while, and will no doubt have made plans to replace the central defender.

Sometimes, though, you need to sell a player and go one step backward to move two step forwards, and they now have funds to splash on potential new additions.

Boyle is a talented centre-half, whilst Robson has been a great servant for Dundee United and would be a class addition at left-back.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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