Has Frank Lampard’s uncertain future cost Derby County as three reported targets near moves elsewhere?

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Southampton at Pride Park on January 5, 2019 in Derby, United Kingdom.

Derby County have been linked with George Edmundson, David Turnbull and Jordan Willis.

Frank Lampard the manager of Derby County looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England.

The uncertainty surrounding the future of Derby County manager Frank Lampard may have put a halt to the club’s transfer dealings this summer and could have potentially cost them already.

The latest reports in the BBC claim Chelsea have identified Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement. The Rams are said to want £4 million in compensation for the former Blues midfielder.

Derby know all about managerial upheavals this time of year, and how it affects signings. The Rams have been linked with a host of players this summer, but so far, they have seemingly yet to make any positive moves.

 

The uncertainty over Lampard’s future could be a reason. After all, would a new manager want the same players Lampard may have targeted? And would those players fit in with potentially a different style of football?

Here are three Derby-linked players who seem set to move elsewhere.

Oldham's George Edmundson celebrates opening the scoring during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town at Boundary Park, Oldham on Saturday 13th April 2019.

George Edmundson:

According to The Scottish Daily Mail (back page; May 15), Derby and Rangers were reportedly battling for the services of Oldham’s 21-year-old defender in a £450,000 deal.

But now, the Daily Record seems both clubs are about to be trumped by Portsmouth. Kenny Jackett’s side have allegedly had a £600,000 bid accepted and are set to hold contract talks with the player.

27th April 2019, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Motherwell versus Dundee; David Turnbull of Motherwell celebrates after scoring for 1-1 in the 11th minute

David Turnbull:

The Scottish Sun cited Derby as a suitor for Motherwell’s highly-rated winger David Turnbull last month. The 19-year-old has been dubbed a wonderkid and one of the best of his generation by the Scottish press.

According to the BBC, however, Celtic have agreed a £3 million fee for the player and Derby are in danger of missing out on another top talent north of the border.

Jordan Willis of Coventry gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

Jordan Willis:

Derby have been linked with Coventry City’s Jordan Willis with the Coventry Telegraph highlighting the Rams’ interest among several other Championship clubs.

The Sky Blues captain is out of contract this summer and at 24 would make an excellent long-term option in Derby’s defence. However, the Rams look like they have been beaten to his signature as the Coventry Telegraph later claim promotion rivals Bristol City are closing in on a move.

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