Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest are in the chase to sign Oxford United’s Chey Dunkley according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old defender is a fan favourite at Oxford but looks set to leave the Kassam Stadium in the summer. He is out of contract and has turned down offers from the club to sign a new one, surely paving his way to the exit and a brand new club. And this has alerted a number of teams in the Sky Bet Championship who are likely to offer him a contract when his deal with Oxford expires.

Both Birmingham City are Nottingham Forest believe they need to strengthen their defences in the summer, no matter if they stay in the Championship or end up getting relegated to Sky Bet League One. And with Dunkley being at the age where he has plenty of maturity but still has time to grow and become a better player, it seems like he would be the ideal player for them and both teams appear to be set to make an approach for him in the summer.

The fact Dunkley would be free is also ideal for both clubs. Neither Birmingham or Forest have massive budgets at their disposal and have to root around for bargains, which Dunkley appears to be. But first before either team makes a move for the defender, they will need to see what league they are going to be in. Both are currently involved in a battle to stay in the league which will culminate in the final game of the season on Sunday.

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