Derby County must compete with Reading for Chelsea's Matt Miazga this summer

(L-R) Matt Miazga of Vitesse, Umar Sadiq of NAC Breda  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between NAC Breda v Vitesse at the Rat Verlegh Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Breda Netherlands

Chelsea’s Matt Miazga joined Reading on loan in the January transfer window.

Preston North End's Sean Maguire  competing with Reading's Matt Miazga  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Preston North End at Madejski Stadium on March 30, 2019 in...

Reading’s on-loan defender Matt Miazga has suggested to the Reading Chronicle how he is open to leaving parent club Chelsea this summer – comments which should be of interest to Derby County.

“I'm really enjoying it here, the fans and all of the staff have been great to me. It's one week at a time and we'll see what happens in the summer but obviously I've got to keep my options open,” Miazga explained.

The USA international joined Chelsea in 2015 but has made just two appearances for the Blues. He has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022, but in all likelihood, he will leave the club before then.

 

Reading have benefited from taking him on loan as Miazga has enjoyed a decent relationship with fellow centre-back Liam Moore. The duo have helped the Championship strugglers to just three defeats in 13 games.

Miazga is said to have become a fans’ favourite with the Royals as they potentially look at a permanent deal with the side lacking defenders, yet another Championship club in Derby County would be wise to rival them.

The Rams, now under the guidance of manager Frank Lampard, have used their connections with Chelsea already this season as both Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori joined on season-long loan deals.

Derby, England - 05 January, 2019

Derby will almost certainly try to keep them both at Pride Park again next season, though that may depend on what division they will play in as Lampard’s side sit just outside the playoff positions.

The Rams are incredibly short on centre-back options after allowing Alex Pearce to join Millwall in January. Free agent Efe Ambrose is their only cover to Richard Keogh and Tomori, and his contract is up in the summer.

Signing a new centre-back will be a priority regardless of whether Tomori remains at the club beyond the summer, and the 6ft 4inch Miazga fits the bill and at 22 years of age possesses plenty of potential.

Bolton Wanderers' Clayton Donaldson competing with Reading's Matt Miazga as Reading's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saves during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and...

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