Wayne Rooney could consider bringing defender Gary Cahill to Derby County this summer, according to The Athletic.
Cahill is currently on Crystal Palace’s books, but maybe not for much longer with his contract at Selhurst Park expiring next month.
The former Bolton and Chelsea defender, who has made 61 appearances for England, could be set for pastures new this summer.
Derby has been namechecked as a potential destination for the 35-year-old, who looks set to be available to sign on a free this summer.
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Derby’s off-field problems are still huge despite escaping relegation to League One on the final day of the Championship campaign.
Erik Alonso’s proposed takeover of the club is off, leaving their future off the pitch looking uncertain and leaving it hard for Rooney to bring in his own players.
You feel that defensive reinforcements are likely to be made, too, with Matt Clarke set to return to parent club Brighton and Hove Albion and George Edmundson set to return to Rangers.
Cahill could be a useful option in that respect, then, but a player of his calibre is likely to demand high wages, with finances currently a concern for the club.
Here, we take a look at Derby fans’ reactions to the prospect of Cahill arriving at Pride Park on a free transfer this summer…
Can’t afford his bus fair let alone wages. Move on.
— Mr T (@79Jeeeez) May 16, 2021
I mean I’d definitely have him but not sure how on earth we’d have the funds atm
— Ash ⚡️ (@AshFlude) May 16, 2021
If our club survives administration I’d get him 😂
— Thomas saint (@tomsaint123) May 17, 2021
Still do a job at prem level so no way going to drop to championship, even more so coming to Direby.
— Andrew DCFC Thompson (@AWJThompson) May 16, 2021
We need a stable owner first never mind players
— LewisSmith2509 (@LewisSmith2509) May 17, 2021
Depends if we have new owners really…
— Gungey Gorman (@EamonnRams) May 16, 2021
Absolutely no chance
— don chad 🇺🇸 (@dcfc_don) May 16, 2021
We can't afford no body 🙈😢
— andrew down (@andrewdown83) May 16, 2021
He'd be ideal ….. in an ideal world
— ManxRam (@manx_ram) May 16, 2021