Leeds join Prem duo in hunt for defender compared to Ben White

Jo Harrison
Rob Dickie

Leeds United have reportedly joined Premier League duo Southampton and Burnley in the race to sign Oxford United defender Rob Dickie, after monitoring the 24-year-old for a number of weeks.

The Whites are already considering defensive options ahead of next season amid fears they could lose Ben White, even if they secure promotion to the top flight. White has been phenomenal under Marcelo Bielsa, attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City – so it would be some feat if Leeds could secure the permanent signature of the young defender who has an expected price tag of £20-25m.

Dickie, who represented England at U19 level, has made 46 appearances in all competitions this season so far for the U’s. They find themselves third in League One, two points behind second placed Rotherham United, seeking promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.

The former Reading man has been a colossal part of an Oxford defence that has kept 15 clean sheets in League One, the joint best in the division. He has impressed throughout the season, not only in League One but also in cup games against West Ham, Newcastle and Manchester City.

He is not only a great defender, but also more than comfortable on the ball. Dickie has a pass success percentage of 80.8% this season and has even registered four assists, it’s understandable that Leeds see him as a suitable alternative to White, as per the report in Football Insider.


Southampton and Burnley are the other two clubs that are rumoured to be interested in Dickie. Only Aston Villa have a worse defensive record than the Saints in the Premier League this season – so that is an obvious area they will look to bolster this summer, with Dickie seemingly one of their top targets.