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Derby are interested in Coventry defender Richard Keogh, according to the Derby Telegraph. The Sky Blues’ Manager Andy Thorn appears resigned to losing the player. “I think there’s an air of inevitability about Richard, That’s how it is. He’s a great lad and if he stays, he stays and if he goes, that’s it. That’s business and all good clubs lose their better players at some stage and we’ll just move on. I think everyone is resigned to it. If we are honest with ourselves, if a player goes into his last year of his contract and hasn’t or won’t sign an extension, then from a business point of view, that can’t happen. But we’ve planned for that and we’ll pick ourselves up.” Derby will face competition for the defender, Cardiff are ready to mount a fresh bid. Leeds have expressed an interest while Bristol City have already had a bid turned down for £250,000 earlier this summer. The Rams are, of course, looking to bolster defensive options following the £1.1million sale of Jason Shackell. Keogh was rumoured to be a target earlier in the summer.
Recent rumours have said Derby are interested in Dundee’s centre half Gary Kenneth. He is 25 years old and is 6 feet 4 inches in height. Playing 163 times for Dundee United between 2004 and 2012 Kenneth also has two full Scottish International caps to his name and being out of contract at Dundee United and Shackell leaving Derby it seems that Derby may be tracking him. However Kenneth has said he’s not received any offers since leaving Dundee.
The Mirror today reported this ‘Derby County boss Nigel Clough wants Sunderland’s young Irish centre-half John Egan to join on loan – and fill skipper Jason Shackell’s boots.’ He has played in the Championship with Crystal Palace, whilst on loan there and Martin O’Neil may feel first team opportunities in a lower division will benefit Egan. Derby are very keen on signing a centre half after missing out on Joel Lynch.
Transfer listed Steve Davies is reportedly keen to be reunited with manager Paul Jewell at Ipswich Town but Derby County are driving a hard bargain over their wantaway striker. Nigel Clough has valued Davies at around the £1m mark meaning the two clubs are currently some way apart in their valuation of the player. Tom Glick has rubbished speculation that Blackburn Rovers had been in contact about the player. The striker did hand in a transfer request earlier this summer, owing it to ‘family reasons’.
Crewe Alexandra defender Kelvin Mellor has rejected a move to The Rams after signing a new two-year deal at Gresty Road. This was confirmed today after for some time it had seemed likely he’d snub Derby in favour of staying at the newly promoted league one side. Nigel Clough’s reaction: “We had a good meeting with Kelvin, his dad and couple of representatives. I think they spent quite a bit of the meeting telling us how utterly dismayed and dejected they were about his treatment at Crewe. Crewe put a year on the table which they felt was disrespectable in terms of the terms. When he turns round then and says he’s going to stay at Crewe we’re very surprised. He even got to the stage where he said he felt the manager was picking his son over Kelvin. It must be difficult for him going back to the dressing room after all the things he said to us. And then when everyone was starting back for pre-season he decided to go to Ibiza with his mates for five days.”
Connor Sammon’s loan move to Derby might not go through until Wigan have finalised their 25-man Premier League squad.