Exclusive: Derby aim to beat rivals to Oxford starlet O’Dowda

Date published: Wednesday 23rd December 2015 2:41

Callum O'Dowda: Linked with move to Derby

Derby County have joined the chase for Oxford United starlet Callum O’Dowda, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

O’Dowda is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the lower leagues after impressing for Oxford over the last 18 months.

The 20-year-old has caught the eye this season with four goals in seven assists and his performances have alerted clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Scouts from Premier League and Championship clubs have been regular visitors to the Kassam Stadium to cast an eye over the exciting attacker.

However, Derby are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by making a move for O’Dowda when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international came through the ranks at Oxford and has already made over 80 appearances for the first-team since making his debut in the 2013/14 season.

Oxford are bracing themselves for interest in O’Dowda in the New Year and are battling to keep hold of their prize asset as they look to maintain their bid for promotion from League Two this season.

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