According to the Hull Daily Mail, Birmingham City, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic are all interested in securing the signature of Oxford United defender Ricardinho.

The Brazillian is expected to leave the Kassam Stadium this summer, and at 33-years of age, this could be the defenders last chance to play at such a level.

Ricardinho joined Oxford United from the Azerbaijani Premier League side Gabala. Ricardinho brings experience to any side, being crowned a league champion seven times in his career, for Coritiba (3), Aletico Mineiro (1) and Malmo (3).

Birmingham had little success with their defensive recruitment last year, with Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, Marc Roberts and Cohen Bramall all failing to make their intended impact.

Paul Warne will be the more familiar manager of the trio, having faced Ricardinho in last seasons 3-3 thriller at the Kassam. The left-back will likely act as cover for 28-year-old Joe Mattock at Rotherham United.

As for Wigan, they will be keen to reunite Ricardinho with goal-scoring defender Chey Dunkley, whom they poached from Oxford United last season. Dunkley was vital in Wigan’s title-winning success and even earned himself a spot in the League One team of the season.

Karl Robinson has already enjoyed a fairly successful transfer window so far, bringing in former Bradford City defender Tony McMahon, as well as the loan signings of Samir Carruthers and Luke Garbutt from Sheffield United and Sheffield United respectively.

A big season is ahead for Oxford United, having largely under-achieved last campaign, in Karl Robinson, they have an experienced manager in League One and he will be hoping he can replicate his success at MK Dons.

 

 

 

 


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