Derby County trying to snap up League One winger ahead of rivals

Derby County are in the market for Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson, reports the Daily Mail.

What’s the story?

The Rams are believed to have begun strategising ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

It is unlikely that Derby will reach the playoffs this season as they currently reside 10 points behind the top six in the Championship.

With the club expecting to compete in the second tier for the 2017-18 campaign, attention has turned to League One for transfer targets.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby manager Steve McClaren has been impressed by the winger’s performances for Oxford and is considering a summer swoop.

Should Johnson join Derby?

The 26-year-old is likely to have attracted plenty of interest from Championship clubs due to his form at Kassam Stadium.

Johnson has made 27 League One appearances, 22 of which were starts, and has scored five goals in all competitions.

The winger joined the U’s from Motherwell just last year, but it would be difficult to turn down an opportunity to play in the Championship.

As it stands, Oxford face a big challenge if they want to seal a place in the playoffs as the club currently sit 11th in the standings, nine points adrift of the top six.

It is unlikely that Johnson will find himself in the Championship with Oxford next season, so this could be his only chance to secure a big move.