Derby County could be set for a busy transfer window and it appears that bringing in a new keeper is a priority for Phillip Cocu.
That’s after a report from The Sun claimed that Joe Hart could be a target for the Rams, although they face competition from Turkish giants Besiktas for the ex-England man.
With his contract set to expire, Hart would be available on free, even though he is sure to command a fairly hefty salary.
The financial aspects of the deal, and the fact the 33-year-old hasn’t played regularly over the years, means some may be concerned by this potential transfer and here we outline THREE Premier League alternatives that they should consider…
Another who is out of contract this summer, Ruddy is second-choice at Wolves and that’s not going to change with Rui Patricio around.
So, the chance to play regularly may appeal and if Derby bring the stopper to Pride Park they would be getting someone who knows exactly what it takes to win promotion from the Championship and it could be a shrewd bit of business.
The Welsh international is another who has spent the majority of the season on the bench.
With the Euro’s set to be played in 2021, he may push for a move to ensure he has a full season under his best before the tournament and Derby could offer that, with Hennessey a clear upgrade on what they have already.
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This may not be a popular one given his connections to bitter rivals Nottingham Forest, but the reality is that Darlow would be a good signing at this level.
Again, he isn’t getting the minutes he would have wanted at Newcastle and the potential takeover could see them sign a new keeper, pushing further down the pecking order. So, he may be available and is a fine option for any Championship side.