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Derby boss hits back at Carvalhal’s comments about swap deal



Derby County manager Gary Rowett has hit back at Carlos Carvalhal’s comments about the swap deal involving the two clubs in the latter stages of the window, via BBC Derby Sport on Twitter.

The Rams were busy in the transfer window and saw four players make permanent moves to Pride Park, with the Hull duo of Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone joining Andre Wisdom and Tom Lawrence in linking up with Rowett’s squad in the East Midlands.

The former Birmingham boss also secured a loan move for Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Winnall on deadline day, which was a deal that saw Rams midfielder Jacob Butterfield go the other way.

And Owls chief Carvalhal reportedly said earlier in the week that it was Derby who made the first move by asking for forward Winnall, scorer of 14 Championship goals last term for a combination of Wednesday and Barnsley.

However, Derby boss Rowett has recalled a different tale of events, stating via BBC Derby Sport on Twitter: ‘Contrary to reports, Sheffield Wednesday actually asked for Craig Bryson first.’

These comments are sure to intrigue supporters of both clubs, even more so given that Bryson did indeed leave Derby over the summer, albeit he signed for Cardiff City as opposed to Sheffield Wednesday.

Nonetheless, both Rowett’s Rams and Carvalhal’s Owls will look to improve upon their solid if unspectacular starts to the new Championship season when the campaign resumes this weekend.

Winnall will seek to make his Derby bow when they entertain Hull City at Pride Park on Friday night, while Butterfield will hope to earn his Wednesday debut when they take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Verdict: It’s fair to say that the swap deal which saw Sam Winnall move to Derby and Jacob Butterfield move to Sheffield Wednesday was somewhat of a surprise on deadline day, and it appears that the origin of the move isn’t overly clear either.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is saying one thing while Derby chief Gary Rowett is saying another – the latter affirming that it was the Yorkshire side who asked for Craig Bryson first, suggesting that Butterfield was perhaps not the first choice in the move.

Bryson did earn a move away from Pride Park though, and given the recent news that Derby’s move for Maikel Kieftenbeld has fallen through, the Rams now look short in the midfield department, even if they did land Winnall from the deal.

Derby and Sheffield Wednesday fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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