Transfer news relating to DCFC today.
Derby have signed Richard Keogh from Coventry for an undisclosed fee believed to exceed that received for selling Jason Shackell earlier this summer. Nigel Clough has handed Keogh the captain’s armband following Shaun barker’s absence. Derby County are thought to have offered him a £12,000-a-week, with Cardiff City refusing to match that figure. The Bluebirds had been the front runners to sign Keogh but appear to have pulled out after having a bid rejected and seeing The Rams’ wage offers for the former Carlisle defender. Interest from Leeds and Bristol City had appeared to die down in recent weeks. Callum Ball has gone in the opposite direction, on a season’s loan. Nigel Clough on the signing “Everyone knows we have been looking to strengthen the central defensive area of the team and we believe Richard fits the bill in every respect, so we’re delighted to get one of our top targets on board. Despite Coventry’s relegation last season, he was a commanding presence at the heart of their defence and he has both very good leadership qualities and the right sort of attitude to fit into our squad. We’ve done our homework on him for a long period of time and we believe this an important signing for us. The work we’ve done this summer in the transfer market has allowed us to strengthen the squad as a whole and we’ll continue to build in the same way moving forwards. I am delighted that he has decided to join us and gives us great options alongside Jake Buxton, Mark O’Brien and Tom Naylor in the central defensive position.” Coventry Development director Steve Waggott on the move “Richard goes to Derby with best wishes from everyone at Coventry City. Like every supporter, we wanted him to stay here and have been discussing a new contract with him for a few months now. We really pushed the boat out in terms of our offer because he has been such a fantastic player for the club over the past two years but we do not begrudge the fact that he wants to play in the Championship next season. Everything has been done amicably and we have all been 100 per cent honest about where we stand and as soon as it became clear that Richard wanted to go, we had to ensure that we got the best possible deal for the club because we couldn’t risk him leaving for nothing next year. We believe this deal with Derby is the right one for Coventry City.”
Ball has joined Coventry on a season’s loan as The Rams bring in Coventry defender Keogh. Callum Ball made 25 appearances and scored 3 goals for The Rams last season, the 19 year old could benefit from more match time at the West Midlands league one club this forthcoming season. Coventry boss Andy Thorn on the deal “I’ve liked Callum for some time so I am really pleased we’ve been able to get him here. It’s been done separately to the Richard Keogh deal but while the two clubs were talking we asked about Callum and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to get this done. He’s young, he’s hungry and he’s already a big, strong striker and we think he will be a massive asset for us this season. He played 23 games in the Championship last season and he will fit in with what we want to do here.”
Sky Sports today reported that ‘Derby County are leading the race to sign Leeds defender Aidy White’. Leeds would be due a compensation fee despite being out of contract at Elland Road, Leeds boss Neil Warnock is still thought to be keen on keeping the 20 year old. Aiden White’s wage demands are thought to be high but he has held talks with Derby.
James Bailey had been rumoured to be going to Coventry on a season’s loan however it does Callum Ball is that player. The transfer listed central midfielder has still been linked with a move to Barnsley but twitter rumours suggested Scunthorpe.
Crewe Alexandra’s assistant manager Neil Baker has spoken out how defender Kelvin Mellor ‘wasn’t ready’ to move to Derby, after the young defender snubbed The Rams’ offer to sign a new contract at Crewe. “He wasn’t ready to go to Derby, I don’t care what anyone says. He got a great offer and turned it down to stay with us which was the right decision, believe-you-me. Take away the glamour and the glitz of the move and was he going to play in Derby’s first team? Who knows. I don’t think he wanted to go initially. Maybe his agents thought the offer wasn’t great from us and touted him round a bit. That’s a part of the game you don’t like – they’re not giving the boy good advice by telling him to move to Derby.”
The rams to receive around £300,000 from Leeds
Leeds are set to sign Former Derby and current Portsmouth striker Luke Varney but will strangely pay the money to Derby County! They will pay Derby around £300,000 that cash strapped Portsmouth didn’t pay Derby last summer when they signed Varney. Portsmouth will not receive any money from Leeds.
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has admitted he is a fan of Derby forward Steve Davies but will not confirm he is his No.1 transfer target. “I think he is a good player. But there are a number of good players. I don’t really want to talk about speculation.” said Jewell, who signed him for Derby from Tranmere during his spell with The Rams. Ipswich are reported to be interested but 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, reports suggest last week that Blackburn had shown an interest.