SWINDON Town defender Akin Odimayo has seen the race for his signature intensify as Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly stepped up their interest in the 21-year-old.

Odimayo's contract at the County Ground is set to run out at the end of this month, and a couple of League One clubs are circling while Town hope to tie down one of the club's standout performers from last term.

According to Football League World, the Owls face considerable competition from former Town manager Richie Wellens and his new side Doncaster Rovers as both ready for the new League One campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday were relegated from the Championship last season – but not before they had poached ex-Rovers coach Darren Moore from the Keepmoat Stadium, however.

With Moore hoping to put together a squad that is capable of an immediate return to the second tier, Wednesday have apparently identified Odimayo as someone who could help them do just that.

Meanwhile, Wellens managed Odimayo for almost five months at Town and was responsible for bringing the Adver Sport player of the year to the County Ground at the beginning of last season.

Odimayo went on to play 35 appearances last term, helping to keep five clean sheets, and has an excellent working relationship with his former boss.