January is now just around the corner and could well be an active one for Derby County.
Sam Rush will begin as the new Chief Executive when the month begins, what sort of approach will he and the board bring to what will potentially be a busy window? Well here’s the round-up on the transfer reports published, relating to Derby County.
There’s been plenty of speculation and reports surrounding Derby but Nigel Clough has said (prior to the window’s opening) that there has been no bids for any of the club’s players. He also suggests that he’ll be more busy with out-goings than in-goings in the transfer market. “If anybody contacts us about our players, then we take a view from there but we haven’t had a bid for any player. If somebody bids, then we have a decision to make but the speculation is just speculation. We don’t really want to lose anybody but you know how it is in football. Sometimes it happens” the Rams boss has said.
The 17-year old has been linked with a number of clubs; Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and even Barcelona, who have, if you believe the Daily Mirror, filed a ‘detailed dossier’ on the youngster. A fresh report from the Daily Mirror has mentioned that London clubs Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham are ready to start ‘a Premier League stampede’ for the England-under 21 international. Previous reports have suggested fees of £4 million and £5 million but this new one has said that Derby’s owners want £10 million for them to part company with Hughes. This particular article also said that the Rams may accept less, maybe £6 million plus add ons, and request a loan back until the end of the season. A report by the Telegraph has said that Derby have vowed to reject bids for the highly rated star but have to raise £1.8 million in January, with John Brayford possibly leaving to help raise that. Fulham boss Martin Jol, who is interested in Hughes, recently said “Believe me, there is probably 10 clubs in the Barclays Premier League having a look at him”.
The former-Crewe right-back has again excelled in Nigel Clough’s Rams side this season, which appears to not have gone unnoticed by other clubs. Premier League West Ham are believed, by the Daily Mirror, to be tracking the 24-year old (however their article contained a photo of Bolton’s Chris Eagles instead, do they even know who he is?). Championship league leaders Cardiff City’s interest has been mentioned by a number of different sources. The Daily Mail have reported that Bluebirds are lining up a £750,000 bid. However, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror have reported that the bid could be more in the region of £1.25 million. A different report says “should one of either Cardiff or West Ham submit a bid of £2 million or more, the Derby board are likely to accept the offer.”
Last season’s player of the year Craig Bryson has attracted interest from Crystal Palace, if you agree with a report in The People. The Scotsman signed for the Rams back in the summer of 2011 for a reported fee of £450,000 (after add-ons) and has certainly not looked out of place since arriving.
Striker Theo Robinson has previously been linked with Premier League sides Aston Villa, Sunderland, QPR and Wigan, as well as Championship outfits Crystal Palace and Wolves. Sky Sports reported this in an article, published back in November, about the possibility of Robinson receiving a call-up to the Jamaica national squad.
The former-Crewe midfielder has been out of favour with Nigel Clough this season, mainly due to the rise of youngsters Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick. Bailey has spent time on-loan at League One side Coventry City this season, being an ever-present member of their squad, and has impressed. The Sky Blues could be keen on him returning in January, when he was asked about the proposition by the Coventry Telegraph he replied with “Most definitely, but firstly I need to go back to Derby and see what the situation is there, have a sit down with them and see what the plan of action is.” It’s believed that Coventry are more likely to want Bailey back on-loan instead of signing him on a permanently deal because of their current money issues and their insecurity about what stadium they’ll be playing at. A deal is likely to be reached where he makes the move on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. Nigel Clough “Coventry want to do something for the rest of the season and the clubs are in negotiations”, the Derby boss added “There’s no point him sitting on our bench and with the central midfielders we’ve got, it would be difficult for him to get back in. James has had two and a half years with us now and hasn’t really kicked on as much as we’d hoped, while others have come through and gone ahead of him.”
Derby defender Tom Naylor is currently on-loan at League Two Bradford City, that loan deal expires on 12th January. It remains to be seen whether he’ll stay at Bradford, return to Derby or go elsewhere. The ex-Mansfield man has only made one appearance as a sub for the Rams this season, the game against Scunthorpe back in August.
Adam Legzdins’ recent rise has seen usual number 1 Frank Fielding sit on the bench and forced to play under-21 matches to get game time. The question is can the Rams afford to have someone like Fielding on the bench, will one of them be sold? As Derby County Blog pointed out reserve goalkeepers are only called upon in exceptional circumstances and it’s usually easy enough to loan in a replacement if your number one gets injured. Ideally, I’d love them both to stay and battle out for the jersey but those wages of the bench warmer’s wages could be used elsewhere, to strengthen a different position.
The Rams, according to an article published by Sky Sports, are admirers of Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Billy McKay. Millwall, Preston and Sheffield United are also mentioned as admirers in the report. A more recent report, again by Sky Sports, says that both Leicester City and Nottingham Forest are interested. The Northern Irishman has bagged 18 goals in 19 starts this season for Inverness, manager Terry Butcher is keen on not losing his leading scorer.
Derby are keen on MK Dons midfielder Shaun Williams but may have to wait until the summer to make a move, The Irish Sun says. The report says ‘Dons want 750,000 for the Malahide man which is likely to put him beyond Clough’s budget. Dons are aware they face losing him for nothing in the summer when his contract expires but are reluctant to sell now.’ MK Dons boss Karl Robinson is reluctant to part with key players in January because he wants them to continue in their bid for promotion, but he may sell if the funds can help strengthen his squad for the run-in.
The Daily Record have reported that the Rams are interested in Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly, sending a scout to watch him in action. The 22-year old will be available on a pre-contract but his club are keen for him to sign a new deal to stay in Scotland. Celtic, West Ham and Norwich are other clubs that have been linked with the Scottish international, who won his first cap earlier this year.
Please not these are all reports from other sources, not myself. I have merely put them together ahead of the window opening.
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