OXFORD United defender Rob Atkinson is a transfer target for Bristol City, according to reports.

The centre back has impressed in his first Football League season, making 44 appearances and scoring twice.

And following United's Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final defeat to Blackpool, Football Insider and the Bristol Post are reporting City are interested in Atkinson.

The former Fulham trainee still has two years left on the contract he signed when he joined the U's from Eastleigh in January 2020, meaning he would command a decent fee.

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Atkinson only made his debut at the start of the current campaign, but formed an imposing partnership with Elliott Moore in United's successful play-off push.

His performances in 2020/21 have not gone unnoticed and he was named in League One's team of the season.

City finished 19th in the Championship after a poor end to the campaign, where they failed to win any of their last ten games.

United signed Matty Taylor from the Bristol club last summer following a successful loan spell, while Callum O'Dowda went the other way in 2016.