YOU can always rely on transfer rumours to fill the long summer break between football seasons.

Unfortunately, some links tend to be less reliable than others, so we thought it would be useful to revive our list of the more reputable sources linking players with moves to and from Oxford United.

List will be updated as and when rumours emerge.

JACK STEVENS

The goalkeeper attracted higher-division interest last season and Aston Villa are the latest to track him.

The Sun on Sunday's claim that Stevens is on the Premier League club's radar is understood to be accurate.

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Having replaced Simon Eastwood as No 1 in December, the academy graduate kept 13 Sky Bet League One clean sheets to help propel United from the relegation zone to the play-offs.

His displays attracted serious interest from a higher-level club in January and the U's agreed a new three-year contract with Stevens the following month.

Villa need reinforcements in goal after Tom Heaton joined Manchester United and Fulham beat them to transfer target Paulo Gazzaniga.

GAVIN WHYTE

The ex-U's winger was one of Karl Robinson's targets in January and the Oxford Mail understands he is on the manager's radar again.

Sunday Mirror sports news editor Darren Witcoop claims United want to sign Whyte on loan from Cardiff City, two years after joining The Bluebirds.

The 25-year-old joined the Sky Bet Championship club having scored nine goals in 47 appearances for the U's in 2018/19.

He has since become a Northern Ireland regular, but was made available for loan in the January window.

United lost out to eventual Sky Bet League One winners Hull City, for whom Whyte scored four goals in 20 matches.

The two clubs appear to be in competition again, but Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy is yet to make a concrete decision on Whyte.

"There's a few interested in taking him on loan," McCarthy told WalesOnline.

"But as I said to all of them, let's have a look at him first and we'll see what develops.

ELLIS HARRISON

Less than 24 hours after signing Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams, United were linked with Fratton Park forward Harrison.

The U's were reportedly nearing a deal for the 27-year-old, but The News has since suggested the departure was scuppered by Pompey's failure to bring in Jayden Stockley

Harrison, who has 12 months left on his contract, has scored 16 goals in 70 games since moving to the south coast in summer 2019.

He formed a prolific partnership with United striker Matty Taylor at his first club Bristol Rovers, helping The Gas climb from the Vanarama National League to League One between 2014 and 2016.

But Harrison told The News he is only concentrating on Pompey, adding: "I'm contracted to Portsmouth and have just come back from injury. My main aim is to get fit and nothing else.

"I've been looking at Portsmouth and looking at myself. I'm settled with my missus and the baby loves it down here.

"I've got no intention of going. Hopefully, I have a lot better of a season this time around."

WILL BOYLE

Rob Atkinson's move to Bristol City means the U's are in the market for a new centre back, with The Sun's Alan Nixon suggesting they are tracking Boyle.

The Cheltenham Town defender would be a different signing to Rob Dickie, Atkinson and Luke McNally as he has already established himself in the Football League.

Boyle played 36 games and scored an impressive seven goals in 2020/21 as he helped the Gloucestershire club win the Sky Bet League Two title.

It was his fourth full season with Cheltenham and in that time he has made well over 150 appearances, scoring 22 times.

As a left-footed centre back who poses a threat from set-pieces, the 25-year-old would be a natural replacement for Atkinson.

He is heading into the final season of his contract so Cheltenham may be tempted to cash in, rather than risk losing him for free next summer.

JAMIE ROBSON

The Dundee United man joined the list of left backs linked with the U's following Josh Ruffels' exit to Huddersfield Town.

Alan Nixon, of The Sun, suggested United have a good chance of landing the 23-year-old, who is already one of the senior players at Tannadice.

Robson has been linked with the U's for several weeks, but Ipswich Town are also thought to be keen as they continue an aggressive summer of recruitment.

Having signed his first professional contract back in 2014, the defender became first choice for the Scottish Premiership club in 2017/18.

The youth product has made 168 appearances for a side who finished ninth in the top division last season, scoring twice.

Robson has another year left on his contract, meaning United would have to pay a fee to sign him.

JASON KERR

The U's are one of several clubs linked with the St Johnstone captain, who led his side to a cup double last season.

The Scottish Sun claims United and Wigan Athletic are tracking the centre-back, while Hibernian and AFC Bournemouth have also reportedly joined the race.

Kerr played 42 times, scoring three goals, as St Johnstone won the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup in 2020/21. 

The 24-year-old, who is right-footed and stands at just over 6ft, came up through The Saints' youth ranks and has been an ever-present over the last three seasons. 

But one factor that could keep Kerr at St Johnstone is the lure of European football, with St Johnstone set to face either Turkey's Galatasaray or Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League third qualifying round in August.

He told Sky Sports News: "We're trying to focus on pre-season as much as we can, and for me it's all private between my agent and the club and that's kind of it. 

"I'm a St Johnstone player right now, I love the club and I love what we've done and I'm just hungry for more success." 

MARK SYKES

Sykes was a target for United's League One rivals Ipswich Town, according to Alan Nixon.

The midfielder, who turns 24 in August, has one year left on his contract after the U's triggered an option in his deal in April.

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Sykes played 42 times in 2020/21 without scoring, but found real consistency in the rest of his game towards the end of the campaign.

Ipswich were recently taken over by American owners and boss Paul Cook has made several eye-catching signings this summer, although their interest in the United midfielder appears to have cooled.

JOE TOMLINSON

As Josh Ruffels' move to Huddersfield Town was being finalised, BBC Oxford suggested Eastleigh's Tomlinson could fill the void.

The 20-year-old has provided goals and assists, and was voted the Vanarama National League South Young Player of the Season during his time with Hungerford Town.

Paul Digby was removed from this list on June 7 after signing a two-year contract with Cambridge United.

Ryan Williams was removed from this list on June 9, after joining United from Portsmouth on a two-year deal.

Josh Ruffels was removed from this list on June 10, after leaving United for Huddersfield Town.

Alex Cochrane was removed from this list on June 28, after joining Hearts on a season-long loan.

Jacob Bedeau was removed from this list on July 1, having moved to Burnley on a two-year deal.

Rob Atkinson was removed from this list on July 3, following his move to Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Tom James was removed from this list on July 21, after signing for Leyton Orient.