Midlands latest: Leicester launch bid for QPR ace, Derby reject Premier League offer for star

We bring you the latest news from Leicester City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Derby County.

Leicester City launch Danny Simpson bid

Leicester City have made an offer for QPR’s Danny Simpson, according to West London Sport.

The right-back has been targeted by the Foxes after Harry Redknapp’s side brought in Mauricio Isla over the summer, leaving Simpson’s chances looking limited.

Nigel Pearson feels that Simpson is someone who can improve Leicester’s squad and it is understood that QPR could be willing to listen to offers.

Derby County reject Keogh bid

Derby County have rejected a £1.5 million offer from Burnley for Richard Keogh, the Irish Independent report.

The newly promoted Premier League side are reportedly interested in signing Derby’s centre-back, but the Rams are determined to keep him.

Lambert back Delph after call-up

Paul Lambert believes that Fabian Delph has earned the right to play for England.

The central-midfielder was handed a call-up by Roy Hodgson in his first squad announcement since the World Cup and Lambert believes it is fully merited.

"He's earned the right to be there - everybody thinks you're good enough so it's up to you to go and show what you can do,” the Villa boss said.

"Now he's in there, it's the time to stay in. If he can stay in then it'll be great for him."

Irvine expects Dawson stay

Alan Irvine says that he expects Craig Dawson to remain a West Bromwich Albion player after this summer, despite the fact the defender handed in a transfer request.

The England under 21 international had been targeted by Burnley earlier in the window and seemed keen on a move, but Baggies were reluctant to sell and now seem to have persuaded him to stay at the Hawthorns.

“It’s all quiet and Craig seems really happy,” Irvine said. “I don’t think there’s any way that move would happen and I don’t think Craig would be interested now either.”

Dawson has started both of West Brom’s Premier League games so far this season.

Lee Clark cautious over Wigan match

Lee Clark is waiting to see the effects of the side’s match against Birmingham City in midweek.

The Blues face Wigan on Saturday, but he says that Wednesday’s League Cup match against Sunderland – which they lost 3-0 – may have fatigued his squad.

“Let’s see how they recover, it was a tough game,” he said. “Any time you play and you have only got just over two days to recover it’s difficult."


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