nathanmorley.co.uk rounds up stories from the past couple of days and today.
The Rams and Ipswich Town are still having difficulty agreeing a fee for striker Steve Davies. Despite Steve Davies entering the final season of his contract Nigel Clough wants a fee of around £1million. Ipswich boss Paul Jewell, who signed Davies while at Derby, believes a fee of £500,000 is more of a suitable fee. “Steve Davies is a player that I took to Derby and one that admire, but it all comes down to cost. I’ve spoken to Nigel Clough over the summer about the fee and it’s far in excess of what we would want to pay. Don’t ask me what it is because that’s between the two clubs, but it’s too much and I haven’t got that amount of money. There’s not a bottomless pit of money so I’ve got to be prudent in the way I work.” Paul Jewell said. The clubs are believed to be no closer to reaching a fee, with Jewell believing The Rams are demanding to much money for the former Tranmere forward.
Northampton Town have offered current Derby trialist Michael Hoganson a one year deal and will leave the offer on the table despite hearing of him on trial at Derby and playing against Burton Albion on Saturday. The left back could play for The Rams against The Cobblers tomorrow (Tuesday) “We tried to get him in a couple of weeks back and he went somewhere else. We would like to have another look at him. He has been offered a deal by a club, so whether he can spare another week or not, we’ll see.” Nigel Clough said on Hoganson. The former Newcastle player can also play left wing and was on the scoresheet twice last week as The Cobblers beat Cogenhoe 4-0 in a pre-season friendly. “He was offered a contract and we may well see him on Tuesday because he’s gone to Derby so if he plays for them then great. He’ll get a game in their reserves and under 18s and if that’s what he wants to do then it’s fine by me. The offer’s still there for him. It won’t be there for much longer but he’ll decide what he wants to do and we’ll go from there. If he plays on Tuesday I’ll run on and kick him myself. I’ll run on and two foot him and his agent.” Cobblers manager Aidy Bothroyd said.
The on trial Swiss central defender is set to go on tour with The Rams this week for friendlies against Northampton and Colchester so Nigel Clough can take another look at him after he impressed him in the game against Mansfield last week and the friendly at Burton on Saturday. “Hopefully, Valentin will come away with us this week. I think he has done enough to earn that. Once again, for 18, I thought he did Ok against Burton. He competed and he is comfortable on the ball. We are very pleased with him and just want to confirm what we have seen in the first week he has been with us.”
Derby will not be following up their interest in 18-year-old James Caton, who has been released by Bolton Wanderers. The winger has featured in both of Derby’s pre-season friendlies against Mansfield and Burton.
Wigan are believed to want £2million for Conor Sammon after Derby made an enquiry on the striker. Derby have shown also shown an interest in the Scottish striker on loan. Nigel Clough has tried to sign Sammon when he was at his previous club Kilmarnock.
Some rumours suggest Derby are looking to bring in New Zealand international striker Chris Wood on loan from West Brom. Wood believes his first Olympic Games might be the springboard to a starting place at his club West Bromwich Albion but he may find opportunities limited there so a loan deal away from the club could happen. The 20 year old spent a spell last season on loan at Birmingham, where he played 29 times and scored 11 goals.
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is rumoured to be a loan target for Derby, Ipswich have also been rumoured to be interested. The 19 year old only played 16 times last season fro Sunderland.
Barnsley, Crystal Palace and Brighton are all reportedly interested in transfer-listed midfielder James Bailey.