According to reports in the Telegraph and Derbyshire Telegraph, Derby County and Aston Villa are looking at the possibility of signing each other’s players, with Andreas Weimann and Matthew Lowton linked to the Rams and Jeff Hendrick linked to the Villans.
Hendrick, who was a key player for the Rams last season, is highly thought of in the East Midlands and Villa may have to dig deep into their pockets to land him. However, if a swap deal can be done then it could leave both teams happy without money changing hands.
Does a swap deal represent good value for both clubs?
Hendrick has been an important part of Derby’s side for the past four seasons, but has always had competition for his place.
In the 2013-14 season, he was often overlooked due to the form of Will Hughes and Craig Bryson but won his place in the side towards the end of the season and played in the play-off final.
In the most recent season, he has been regularly picked ahead of Craig Bryson in Steve McClaren’s team and finished the campaign with seven goals and nine assists from 34 Championship starts.
At Villa, Lowton and Weimann have largely been on the periphery of the first team more recently and their role in Tim Sherwood’s side doesn’t seem to be all that important.
If the two Midland clubs can pull of this deal, it could benefit both sides for next season as it allows for transfer funds to be spent elsewhere.