Wayne Rooney will be keen to strengthen his Derby County squad as soon as possible, with the club’s ownership situation still up in the air.
According to Football Insider, the Rams are among a host of sides interested in signing Hull City defender Callum Elder, with Huddersfield, Preston and Cardiff also said to be keen.
Here, we weigh up the rumour…
Is it a good potential move?
Whilst Derby may have only just avoided relegation from the Championship this season, it was a contrasting season for Hull.
Grant McCann’s side sealed an immediate return to the Championship, cruising their way to the League One title after a hugely impressive campaign.
Elder was an influential player for the Tigers, too, and after producing a series of impressive performances, he was named in the League One Team of the Season.
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Add the fact that he only has one year left on his contract into the mix, and it could be an excellent signing, given that Hull may look to cash in this summer rather than run the risk of potentially losing him for nothing next summer.
Would he start?
After bursting onto the first-team scene last season, Lee Buchanan has been Derby’s first-choice left-back this term, making 35 appearances in the Championship and starting 28 times.
His performances have been impressive at times, but there is a general feeling that he is still young and there is still room for development.
Arsenal have recently been linked with the 20-year-old, though, so whether Elder would start or not could depend on Buchanan’s situation.
What does he offer?
Whilst Elder offers defensive stability, having been a key part of a Hull defence which conceded only 42 goals this term, the Australian offers so much going forward.
The 26-year-old scored one goal and registered an impressive 10 assists in League One this season, chipping in with 11 assists in all competitions.
He is evidently a left-back who likes to get forward and create chances with his dangerous left foot, and his crosses into the area proved to be so dangerous this season.