Gary Rowett praises Derby County target Tom Lawrence

Derby County manager Gary Rowett

Derby County are reportedly interested in Leicester City's Tom Lawrence, who was superb on loan at Ipswich Town last season.

With Will Hughes and Tom Ince both departing Derby County this summer, The Rams are crying out for creativity and goal threat as they aim to improve on last season’s disappointing mid-table finish.

So why not target a player who can bring both goals and assists to the table? In Leicester City midfielder Tom Lawrence, who The Sun claim is a £7 million target, Derby appear to have identified one of the most exciting talents on the market.

And though Rams boss Gary Rowett was not willing to give too much away, he admitted that the former Ipswich Town loanee is not short on talent.

Derby County manager Gary RowettDerby County manager Gary Rowett is clearly a fan of Lawrence

"He is a good player, but I am sure most of the players you are going to mention to me are good players,” Rowett told the Derby Telegraph. "Whether or not we are interested in those players it wouldn't be fair for me to comment because they are all at other clubs. But we have got some good targets."

It’s fair to say landing Lawrence would improve the mood around Pride Park and compensate somewhat for the departures of the club’s two most important players.

During a stunning loan spell at Ipswich Town last season, Lawrence embarked upon something of a personal Goal of the Season competition with a series of remarkable individual strikes lighting up the league.

In total, the one-time Manchester United prospect scored nine and set up another nine in an Ipswich side hardly renowned for its ability to entertain.

Tom Lawrence of Ipswich Town scores their first goalTom Lawrence

Therefore, Derby’s interest is hardly surprising. Why Leicester appear willing to listen to offers without giving him a fair crack of the whip, however, is less obvious.

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