Oxford United want £1m for winger Callum O’Dowda, according to The Daily Mail. 

Championship side Derby County are the favourites for the signature of the youngster, who has previously been linked with Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool.

However, Oxford are apparently demanding more than £1m from Derby for the Republic of Ireland under 21 international.

The high flying Championship side are the favourites to prise him away from the Kassam Stadium, although O’Dowda has been linked with Premier League sides in the past.

The 20 year old winger has apparently attracted interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs in the past, although a host of Championship clubs are now said to be chasing his signature.

Oxford boss Michael Appleton last month had to deny rumours that O’Dowda had gone for a trial at a Premier League side, as the youngsters stock continues to rise.

He has four goals and seven assists this season for Oxford, who lie 3rd in Sky Bet League Two.

He broke into the Oxford first team in 2013 and has been a part of the clubs set up since the age of nine.

O’Dowda has made four appearances for the Republic of Ireland’s Under 21 side, scoring once.

However, Oxford are at risk of pricing themselves out of a deal by valuing O’Dowda at over £1m, a fee that may put off the Championship clubs who are apparently eyeing him up.

Derby are apparent favourites for his signature and have also been linked with Wolves striker Benik Afobe and QPR star Charlie Austin this window.

They have already signed Abdoul Camara from Ligue 1 side Angers.

Derby have been in superb form under Paul Clement in The Championship this season and despite suffering a defeat at title chasing Middlesbrough on Saturday, they lie 2nd in the second tier.

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