Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs in the mix to sign Oxford United defender Rob Dickie, according to reports.

The centre-back suffered play-off heartache at the end of last season, as Wycombe beat the U’s in the League One Play-Off Final.

That has seen several clubs clamour to sign him, with Forest now thought to be in the mix.

Forest failed to make the play-offs last season and boss Sabri Lamouchi will know he needs some new recruits during the summer.

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Dickie has been called ‘unbelievable’ by current boss Karl Robinson (Oxford Mail) and it seems he’d complement Forest nicely.

The Reds went with Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo as their first-choice partnership, with Michael Dawson providing competition.

With the Forest captain now 36, however, Forest could perhaps benefit from another central defensive option.

Yohan Benaloaune and Michael Hefele are on the books, but both could leave if the right offers are forthcoming.

Dickie, 24, is thought to be valued at £3 million and it remains to be seen whether the Reds will make a concrete offer.

 

Having started at Reading as a member of their respected youth academy, he left in 2018 to sign permanently at Oxford.

Since arriving at the Kassam Stadium he hasn’t looked back, playing regularly for the club in his natural centre-back position.

He has made 113 appearances showing the sort of attributes that could make him a useful addition to the Forest squad.

Dickie is solid in the tackle, wins headers for fun and is also comfortable at playing the ball out from the back.

Nottingham Forest News View – Dickie could be ideal for the Reds

If Forest can land the 24-year-old it might be the sort of transfer to excite supporters.

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The European market has worked on some occasions for the club with regards to recruitment, but signing a young, hungry talent from League One would make a refreshing change.

Dickie would come with a point to prove that he is capable of cutting it in the second tier and would be determined to make a name for himself.

Forest have to start preparing for life after Dawson and Dickie could take his place when he does call it a day.

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