Should Sunderland be worried as Derby County miss out on Omar Richards?

Derby manager Gary Rowett during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at iPro Stadium on November 21, 2017 in Derby, England.

Reading's Omar Richards won't be moving to Derby County - but The Rams may now step up their interest in Dundee United's Jamie Robson

Derby manager Gary Rowett during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at iPro Stadium on November 21, 2017 in Derby, England.

Omar Richards was only linked with a January move to Derby County a week ago. The Sun claimed that The Rams were planning a £2 million bid in the New Year with the highly-rated left-back yet to sign a new contract at the Madejski.

But any deal appears to be over already. Because, according to Readings’ official website, Richards ha snow committed his future to the club by signing a deal until 2021.

The 19-year-old, who emerged in the first-team this season and impressed during a recent 4-2 victory over Derby, will not be moving to Pride Park to compete with Craig Forsyth and Marcus Olsson in January. But will Jamie Robson?

Kallum Higginbotham of Dunfermline Athletic vies with Jamie Robson of Dundee United during the Betfred League Cup group match between Dundee United and Dunfermline Athletic at Tannadice...

Like Richards, Robson is a 19-year-old left-back whose contract is due to expire at the end of this current campaign. And the exciting Scot, who has cemented his place in the first-team at second-tier Dundee United this season, is a man in demand.

Sunderland have been credited with an interest, via the Scottish Sun. Chris Coleman’s side do not have the funds to bring in big-name or proven players in January so are understood to have placed their trust in one of the Scottish game’s rising stars.

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

But Derby are also tracking Robson’s development. And with Richards now out of the picture, it seems that the time is right for The Rams to step up their pursuit of the Tangerine youngster in January.

Although Derby fans will argue that there is more pressing matters at Pride Park than reinforcing a left-back position which is hardly lacking in depth.

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