Derby County related transfer news.
Connor Sammon insists he’s heard nothing about a possible loan move to Derby and is fully focused on trying to break into the Wigan Athletic team for the new season. He has been subject to plenty of reports of a season long loan move to Pride Park, where Nigel Clough is an admirer of the Scotsman. “I’ve not heard anything about that. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just totally focused on playing for Wigan, trying to break into the team, getting more starts and putting myself in contention.” Connor sammon said on the speculation. Derby are believed to be interested in the striker, The Rams were in a race with Wigan to sign him back in January 2011.
Cardiff City have turned down a bid from a fellow Championship club for centre-back Anthony Gerrard. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Championship new boys Huddersfield Town while Bristol City, Blackburn and Derby are interested. He has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour by boss Malky Mackay and not played since missing a penalty against Liverpool in the League Cup final. Mark Hudson, Ben Turner and Darcy Blake are all ahead of the cousin of Steven Gerrard in the Welsh club’s pecking order. The BBC reported this today.
Aidan White has signed a new three year deal with Leeds, Derby were interested and held talks. His wage demands were possibly quite high. “We rate Aidan very highly but the problem we have is getting him within the budget if we want to sign all the players we want.” Nigel Clough said prior to White signing a new deal at Elland Road.
More reaction to Richard Keogh’s move to Derby
Nigel Clough hopes the arrival of Keogh will go some way to making up for fans’ disappointment over the sale of Shackell and that Callum Ball’s loan to Coventry played a big part in getting the Keogh deal done, I think that (Callum Ball going to Coventry on loan) might have been the thing that swung the deal for us when other clubs were coming in with similar offers for Richard Keogh. The way Richard plays is in the mode of how we want our teams to play. We would love to add another one before the start of the season, if we can, but we have pushed the boat out a little bit to get Richard on board.” Nigel Clough said. New skipper Richard Keogh explained that “Derby made it clear I was the number one target and it had a big effect on me. Once I spoke to the manager, it was a bit of a no-brainer. I thrive on the pressure. I feel it brings out the best in me. It’s something I look forward to and I cannot wait to get out there and play.” He’s confident he will make fans forget Jason Shackell, who Keogh replaced.