Portsmouth running rule over Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke-linked defender at training camp

Defender Akin Odimayo is away with Pompey at this week's training camp at St George's Park.

By Will Rooney and Neil Allen
Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 4:12 pm

The 21-year-old has gone away with the Blues ahead of a potential summer switch, having yet to pen a new deal with Swindon.

Odimayo has been linked with Championship trio Stoke Derby and Preston – along with League One rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster – in recent months.

However, he bids to win a Fratton Park deal, with the centre-back opting not to pen a new deal at the County Ground despite being offered fresh terms.

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Akin Odimayo, in action for Swindon against Pompey last season, is training with the Blues. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Joining Swindon last summer following his release from Reading, Odimayo enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 2020-21 campaign.

Although he couldn’t prevent the Robins from suffering League One relegation, he was one of their stand-out performers and made 33 appearances in all competitions.

During his time at Reading, Odimayo made one outing in the Carabao Cup and had loan spells with non-league Hungerford Town and League of Ireland outfit Waterford.

The head coach has signed Clark Robertson on a free transfer from Rotherham, while Paul Downing and Sean Raggett both have a year remaining on their respective deals.

However, Cowley covets an extra body as he plots Pompey’s latest promotion push.

Norwich striker Gassan Ahadme has travelled after his hat-trick in the 5-2 win at the Hawks, along with ex-Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh.