EXCLUSIVE: Derby, Stoke among Championship quartet vying for defender

Swindon Town defender Akin Odimayo could be set for a move back to the Championship this summer, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.

Odimayo joined The Robins last summer on a free transfer from Reading, and has played over 30 times for the League One side. He has played at both full-back and in central defence for Swindon, who are battling hard to avoid relegation.

Despite their struggles as a team, the 21-year-old has impressed. Therefore, Swindon are set to take up the one-year option they have on him before then selling him.

We understand that Derby County, Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End are all looking closely at Odimayo.

Odimayo never played in the Championship for Reading, but did make one cup appearance. However, he could now have the chance to step back up to the second tier.

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Odimayo could step up

The defender has provided one assist from his 30 appearances in League One this season. He also made a further three appearances in cup competitions, getting another assist in the EFL Cup.

During his time with Reading, he spent time out on loan with Hungerford Town in the National League South and Waterford in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

His time at Swindon has shown his potential and the reward could soon come with a Championship move.