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 emerge.

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.

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Bristol City have made Atkinson one of their top summer targets and reportedly tabled a bid in excess of £1.4million on June 22, while Celtic are also monitoring the situation.

The 22-year-old has two years left on his contract, so United are under no pressure to sell.

They have reportedly set a higher asking price than the amount QPR paid for Rob Dickie last summer, which was thought to be in the region of £2million.

Celtic's interest could hinge on whether they lose Norwegian centre back Kristoffer Ajer, who is on Newcastle United's radar.

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.

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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.

The U's appeared to be nearing a deal for the 27-year-old, but The News has since since suggested the move could be impacted by Pompey's failure to bring in Jayden Stockley

The forward signed for Charlton Athletic instead of Portsmouth, with boss Danny Cowley thought to favour keeping Harrison as a result.

The forward has scored 16 goals in 70 games since moving to the south coast in summer 2019.

Harrison has 12 months left on his contract so would command a fee, unlike Williams.

He 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.

JAMIE ROBSON

The Dundee United man has joined the list of left backs linked with the U's following Josh Ruffels' exit to Huddersfield Town.

Alan Nixon, of The Sun, suggested United have a good chance of landing the 23-year-old, who is already one of the senior players at Tannadice.

Having signed his first professional contract back in 2014, Robson became the Scottish Premiership club's first-choice left back in 2017/18.

The youth product has made 168 appearances for a side who finished ninth in the top division last season, scoring twice.

Robson has another year left on his contract, meaning United would have to pay a fee to sign him.

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.