Derby County have set a price tag of £3 million for their club captain Curtis Davies.
Former Rams manager Gary Rowett – who made that move last month – had initially been rumoured to take several key players with him including goalkeeper Scott Carson, top goalscorer Matej Vydra and Davies.
Fortunately for Derby, the Telegraph dismissed those claims earlier this week but reported interest did prompt Lampard to put a £3 million price tag on his captain’s head.
Davies played 48 times for Derby last season, keeping 21 clean sheets and scoring one goal against his former club, Hull.
Having joined the Rams for a mere £500k from the Tigers, for a price tag to be set at £3 million – almost a year later – speaks volumes of his performances last season.
This supposed fee is a tall order for a defender of that age in the Championship – although not unjustified – but it speaks volumes of Derby’s eagerness to hold on to their number 33.
Although a member of last season’s Championship Team of the Year and an undeniable leader he would be a significant downgrade for the Rams.
Terry, who is four years Davies’ senior, made a respectable 35 league appearances last season but still missed more than a third of the Championship season.
In a physically demanding division, asking Terry to replace Davies could be an unwise gamble. This summer the former England captain may be better placed to join the Rams as a defending rotation or coaching addition to support Lampard’s adjustment.
To ask the former Villa and Chelsea captain to lead another side through a grueling 46 game season – week in, week out – could be far-fetched.
Davies has become a mainstay in the Rams defence and was a true leader throughout this past season. If Derby were to lose him this summer it would be devastating.
It should be a priority for Lampard to retain Davies’ services this summer. Baring a ridiculous offer, the Rams should do everything they can to make sure he leads out the squad at Pride Park, next season.
One winner and one loser as Florian Jozefzoon chooses Derby over Leeds
The 27-year-old looks set to sign for the Rams.
When Brentford confirmed on Wednesday that the club had accepted a bid for attacker Florian Jozefzoon, it seemed Derby County were the frontrunners.
However, reports of a Leeds United bid added to the transfer drama, before Jozefzoon eventually chose the Rams over Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The reported decision would come as a severe blow to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, as the club would miss out on yet another transfer target this summer.
However, Frank Lampard and Derby County will be delighted at another transfer coup, as the allure of the England legend is proving to be a great way of attracting players to Pride Park.
Loser: Leeds fans
Although there are still a number of weeks left in the window, Leeds supporters are right to be worried about the lack of permanent signings.
So far, the club have made just two loan agreements with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman of Chelsea. While the two are certainly smart acquisitions, they are not of the quality that will fire Leeds to promotion.
There is still no need to panic, as Marcelo Bielsa will surely attract some top talent as well— but to see their direct Championship rivals beat them to Jozefzoon will be worrying.
Winner: Frank Lampard
The Chelsea legend has done it again. After securing the double loan swoop of promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, Lampard looks set to acquire the services of the former Dutch Under-21 international.
In his first transfer window as a manager, Lampard has done well to convince key targets to join his project at Pride Park, a valuable skill that will serve him well in his coaching career.
Derby now look set to mount a serous promotion challenge; Leeds will have to strengthen further to be able to say the same.
Matej Vydra should make Leeds move instead of misguided Premier League switch
The Czech forward bagged himself 21 goals last season.
According to The Sun, Derby County striker Matej Vydra is on his way out of Pride Park and is seeking a Premier League move, although fellow Championship club Leeds United are also interested.
Vydra should choose to sign with Leeds and fire the Yorkshire club to promotion, as he is not ready for a return to the Premier League.
The Czech Republic international is a player who occupies the awkward space between being top-class in the second division, yet not up to speed in the top flight.
In the Championship, there is absolutely no questioning Vydra’s quality. Last season for Derby, the striker banged in 21 goals and was the division’s top scorer, and in 2012/13 for Watford he chipped in 20 goals and eight assists.
But in the Premier League, Vydra has struggled to find his feet. In 24 total top-flight appearances (23 for West Brom and one for Watford), the 26-year-old has scored just three times and provided four assists.
His poor Premier League statistics reveal why he is unlikely to receive much interest from top-flight teams this summer. But given Derby County’s Financial Fair Play worries, manager Frank Lampard may be forced to offload the frontman against his wishes.
The addition of Vydra would be a massive coup for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, as his past managers have heaped praise on the attacker. Back in October, Gary Rowett tipped Vydra to become the best creator in the second division.
“I said to him the other day that he’s got everything to be the best number 10 in this division. Both of his feet are fantastic; he can run, he’s quick and powerful.”
Leeds United would do well to acquire the services of Matej Vydra, one of the Championship’s best striking talents who could light up Elland Road next season.
Three reasons why Derby is the perfect destination for Harry Wilson
According to reports the 21-year-old Liverpool youngster is close to joining Derby
Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson signed a new contract with the Merseyside giants last week. However, the 21-year-old will be loaned out for the season to gain some vital experience and, according to the Mirror, Derby County is his likely destination.
Wilson was rewarded with a new contract by the Reds after an impressive outing with Championship strugglers Hull City last season, where the wide man scored seven goals in 13 appearances.
Now, the Welsh international looks set to be Frank Lampard’s first summer signing, joining the former England international in his first managerial appointment.
1. A chance to play under a boss who has done it all can only be inspiring
Wilson would have to chance to play under Lampard, a man who as a player won pretty much everything, this can only be inspiring for a footballer of Wilson’s age, and the former midfielder will surely know how to get the best out of the young talent at his disposal.
2. Already proved himself in the Championship last season
The Welsh international has already confirmed he can do it in the Championship, after a successful loan spell at Hull.
The young winger will only be looking to improve and, given a full season and game time, he is more than likely to do that.
3. Fearless attitude
Wilson would bring with him to Pride Park a fearless approach to improve and to take on any challenge that comes his way.
This mindset was demonstrated when at 16 Wilson made his full international debut for Wales; a testament to the youngster’s talent and solid proof he could hit the ground running at Derby.