Portsmouth transfer rumours: Oxford United keen on Blues Ryan forward Williams as Fratton Park exit nears

Oxford United could be Ryan Williams’ next stop in League One.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 12:47 pm

That’s according to BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon, who claims the Aussie is attracting interest from U’s boss Karl Robinson.

The 27-year-old forward is on the verge of leaving Fratton Park on a free transfer at the end of the month.

The Blues academy product is nearing the end of the two-year deal he signed with the Blues in the summer of 2019 following his Rotherham departure.

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Williams was keen to be part of new boss Danny Cowley’s plans moving forward and had expressed a desire to remain at PO4.

Pompey offered him a new deal – but the reduced terms put on the table have since been turned down.

Like team-mates Jack Whatmough and Ben Close – players who are poised to sign for Wigan and Doncaster respectively – it means Williams is set to leave the Blues after 91 appearances and eight goals over two spells at the club.

Ryan Williams is a reported target of Oxford United

And just like Whatmough and Close, he could find himself lining up against Pompey next season, with League One Oxford a possible destination.

The U’s pipped the Blues to the final play-off spot on the final day of the season, before losing 6-3 on aggregate to eventual play-off winners Blackpool.

Williams could be joined at the Kassam Stadium, where he enjoyed a loan spell during the 2013-14 season, by Brighton defender Alex Cochrane, who was a Pompey target last summer.