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.
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.
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.
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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