YOU can always rely on transfer rumours to fill the long summer break between football seasons.

Unfortunately, some links tend to be less reliable than others, so we thought it would be useful to revive our list of the more reputable sources linking players with moves to and from Oxford United.

List will be updated as and when rumours come in.

JACOB BEDEAU

The centre back has been released by Scunthorpe United, but Football Insider reports this is because the Sky Bet League Two side cannot afford to take up the year option on his contract.

According to the website, United were in competition with Sky Bet League One rivals Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town for the 21-year-old, although Pompey are believed to have since pulled out.

Aston Villa paid Bury £900,000 for Bedeau in January 2017, just one month after he turned 17.

The defender did not play a senior match for the then-Sky Bet Championship outfit before moving to Scunthorpe two years later.

He made 38 appearances last season, but with Elliott Moore, Rob Atkinson and Luke McNally already in United's centre back queue, he would be one for the future. 

TOM JAMES

The 25-year-old right back is another player out of contract this summer, with Football Insider reporting Hibernian are happy to listen to offers.

James's campaign was split between loan spells at Wigan Athletic, where he featured against United last November, and Salford City in League Two.

The Latics are thought to be in the running for the defender, along with the U's and Charlton Athletic.

It is another position where United have options, with Sam Long first-choice and several players able to cover, although they have no natural right back as a deputy.

ROB ATKINSON

Less than 72 hours after United's play-off semi-final defeat to Blackpool, reports were already circulating of Bristol City's interest in Atkinson.

The centre back enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign alongside Elliott Moore, making 44 appearances and being named in the League One team of the season.

Witney Gazette:

Atkinson, 22, has two years left on his contract so United are under no pressure to sell, allowing them to set an asking price of more than £2m - similar to the amount QPR paid for Rob Dickie last summer.

This could prove the key stumbling block, with the Bristol Post reporting that City are reluctant to pay that much for a League One defender.

MARK SYKES

Sykes is a target for United's League One rivals Ipswich Town, according to Alan Nixon of The Sun.

The midfielder, who turns 24 in August, has one year left on his contract after the U's triggered an option in his deal in April.

Witney Gazette:

Sykes played 42 times in 2020/21 without scoring, but found real consistency in the rest of his game towards the end of the campaign.

Ipswich were last month taken over by American owners and Nixon suggested boss Paul Cook will have considerable financial backing as The Tractor Boys target a return to the Championship at the third attempt.

ALEX COCHRANE & JOE TOMLINSON

With Ruffels attracting admiring glances, BBC Oxford suggested two names to fill the possible void.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Cochrane and Eastleigh’s Tomlinson were touted as possible arrivals at the Kassam.

21-year-old Cochrane has yet to make a breakthrough into the Brighton team, and has recently been on loan at Belgium second division side Union St Gilloise.

Tomlinson meanwhile has impressed for Eastleigh since joining from Hungerford Town.

The 20-year-old has provided goals and assists, and was voted the National League South Young Player of the Season during his time with Hungerford.

ELLIS HARRISON

Less than 24 hours after signing Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams, United were linked with Fratton Park forward Harrison.

Those rumours have since intensified, with Neil Allen of The News in Portsmouth reporting the U's are close to securing a deal.

Harrison has scored 16 goals in 70 games since arriving at Portsmouth in summer 2019.

The 27-year-old has 12 months left on his contract so would command a fee, unlike Williams.

Harrison formed a prolific partnership with United striker Matty Taylor at his first club Bristol Rovers, helping The Gas climb from the Vanarama National League to Sky Bet League One between 2014 and 2016.

Paul Digby was removed from this list after signing a two-year contract with Cambridge United.

Ryan Williams was removed from this list on June 9, after joining United from Portsmouth on a two-year deal.

Josh Ruffels was removed from this list on June 10, after leaving United for Huddersfield Town.