Nottingham Forest could be handed a blow in their quest to sign Oxford United defender Josh Ruffels during the summer transfer window.

The U’s have confirmed on their official website that the left-back has been offered a new contract.

He was expected to leave the club on a free transfer and he could still walk away from the League One outfit.

The 27-year-old had been linked with a free transfer to the City Ground by The Athletic earlier this month.

Ruffels has been linked with Forest
Ruffels has been linked with Forest; Photo; Clive Mason; Getty Images


Now he could stick with Oxford and is currently mulling over fresh terms at the Kassam Stadium.

Karl Robinson’s team recently lost to Blackpool in the League One play-off semi-final. Next season, the boss will hope to finally lead the team to promotion from the third tier.

Keeping hold of his trusted left-back will certainly enhance those chances; although Forest hope he has desires for a fresh challenge.

The 27-year-old has been at Oxford since 2013 when he arrived on a free transfer from Coventry.

He’s proved an exceptional addition to the ranks, making 317 appearances, scoring 22 goals and registering 14 assists.

Ruffels is also on the back of a sound 2020/21 campaign. He registered 12 goal contributions from 47 appearances in all competitions.

Forest find themselves needing some new players during the summer and a left-back could be on the list of priorities.

Should Forest move for Ruffels?

The deal is dependent on the player really. He has the opportunity to stay put at Oxford and he could be happy at the club.

If he does decide to leave, however, the player will have no shortage of suitors vying for his signature.

Ruffels is a reliable performer and could prove to be a decent addition to the Forest ranks.

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Ruffels challenges Forest youngster Jordan Gabriel; Photo; Rob Newell; CameraSport; Getty Images

Yuri Ribeiro looks set to leave the club, whilst Gaetan Bong is deemed surplus to requirements.

That would leave Tyler Blackett as the one left-back in the squad and his injury record isn’t exactly sparkling.

As a result, moving for Ruffels makes perfect sense.

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