According to a report from Football Insider, Derby County have identified Oxford United centre-back Rob Dickie as a replacement for Richard Keogh and are considering a move for the 23-year-old in the January transfer window.

Heading into the January transfer window, Derby County are lining up a new centre-back as a replacement for Richard Keogh, who was sacked by the club earlier this season. And now, it has been reported that the Rams have identified Oxford United man Rob Dickie as the man to take his place.

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Rob Dickie has starred for Oxford United so far this season, helping Karl Robinson’s side in their strong first half of the League One season. The U’s currently sit in 7th place and are on an unbeaten run of 11 games, with Dickie playing in all but one league game so far. The 23-year-old has netted one goal and provided three assists along the way, forming a strong partnership with John Mousinho.

Dickie has been part of a strong backline at the Kassam Stadium, keeping nine clean sheets in League One with 18 games gone.

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Derby County are said to have been watching over Dickie in the run-up to the January transfer window. However, they may not be alone in pursuing a deal for the centre-back in January. Football Insider adds that a number of sides have been keeping a close eye on Dickie this season, but the Rams are the only club named in the report.

It will be interesting to see if Dickie is the man the Rams turn to as they look to fill the gap left after the sacking of Richard Keogh.

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