Derby County have been linked with a host of players this summer.
Derby County have a big summer ahead as they look to put their Wembley play-off defeat to Aston Vila behind them and rebuild a squad capable of challenging for promotion again next season.
The Rams have plenty of voids to fill after loan stars Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori returned to parent club Chelsea while 18-goal Harry Wilson went back to Champions League winners Liverpool.
Here we create a full Derby County XI of players the Midlands club have already been linked with.
Goalkeeper: Simon Sluga:
According to Goal, Derby are in the mix to sign goalkeeper Sluga who is reportedly available for 1.8 million. After Kelle Roos signed a new contract at the club, this deal seems unlikely.
Central defenders: Jordan Willis, Damian Oko and Liam Lindsay:
Tomori returned to Chelsea, Alex Pearce joined Millwall and Efe Ambrose has been released. Derby are light on centre-backs so it is no wonder several players have been linked with a move to Pride Park in this area.
Coventry City’s Jordan Willis is out of contract and Derby are listed among his suitors (Coventry Telegraph). Barnsley’s Liam Lindsay has been cited as a target in The Sun, while The Daily Mail claim Derby have an interest in Polish centre-back Zaglebie Lubin’s Damian Oko who is valued at £2 million.
Lincoln City’s 18-year-old midfielder Ellis Chapman has been attracting Derby, according to the Lincolnshire Live. The youngster is perhaps a target for the development squad, and he is considered a potential gem.
Josh Brownill, rated at £15 million, is also linked but very unikely (Bristol Post). Nick Powell, despite being available on a free, is also unlikely as it seems Stoke City have beaten Derby and several others to his signature (TEAMtalk).
Derby will need wingers this summer. Harry Wilson's return to Liverpool leaves a big hole, while Tom Lawrence and Florian Jozefzoon failed to hit consistent heights last season as they were in and out of the team.
Motherwell's highly-rated David Turnbull has been linked with the Rams (The Scottish Sun), however in the past 24 hours Well have announced on their official website how they have agreed a deal with Celtic for the player.
The Mail Online claim Derby are keen on Carlisle Unite winger Liam McCarron who is valued at £250,000. He is probably another one for the development squad rather than an immediate first-team option.
Strikers: Stephy Mavididi and Eamonn Brophy:
To complete the line-up, Derby have been linked with former Arsenal youth striker Stephy Mavididi (TEAMtalk). The youngster is now at Juventus, where he featured in the first-team at the end of last season.
Mavididi is reportedly wanted by a host of clubs, therefore Derby aren't exactly a front-runner to sign the player seemingly set to spend next season back in England on loan.
TEAMtalk also claim Derby are keeping tabs on Kilmarnock's Eamonn Brophy. The 23-year-old has netted 20 goals in 65 games for the club and was recently handed his Scotland international debut.
Last but not least, it wouldn't be a summer at Pride Park without managerial upheaval. The Rams have failed to start a consecutive season with the same manager for six years now.
Nigel Clough (2013/14), Steve McClaren (2014/15), Paul Clement (2015/16), Nigel Pearson (2016/17), Gary Rowett (2017/18) and Frank Lampard (2018/19) make up the list.
Lampard has been heavily linked with the Chelsea job should Maurizio Sarri leave to join Juventus, and the Daily Mail claims the Rams have reportedly made discreet enquiries about Charlton Athletic's Lee Bowyer (who is out of contract this summer) as they consider a potential replacement.
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