The Daily Mail claims that Derby County utility man Jamie Hanson is closing in on a permanent move to Sky Bet League One side Oxford United. Burton Albion have also been linked with the player, who has struggled to command a spot in the Derby first team squad for a few seasons now.
Hanson came through the ranks at Pride Park, but currently finds himself well down the pecking order since the arrival of Frank Lampard and a number of new signings. The player is comfortable in central midfield, but he has played at full back before. The 22-year-old has made more substitute appearances than starts in his Derby career.
In the season before last, Hanson spent time away from the Rams on loan with Wigan Athletic, where he made 14 starts. He perhaps now needs this move to get his career going again, and dropping down a league certainly presents him with a good opportunity to play more. Working under Karl Robinson will surely be an attractive proposition given the impact he had on the career of someone such as Dele Alli when in charge of MK Dons.
Whilst the player is still thought of in fairly high regard at Derby, and with the fans too, he is now set to move on to challenge himself at this crucial stage of his career. It is hoped he will make his Oxford debut this weekend, when Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town visit the Kassam Stadium. Oxford opened the new season with a heavy 4-0 away defeat to Barnsley at the weekend.