Derby County manager Gary Rowett has conveyed his expectations for the final three weeks of the transfer window, via The Derby Telegraph.
The former Birmingham and Burton Albion boss is enjoying his first pre-season and summer transfer window in charge of the East Midlands outfit, having replaced Steve McClaren back in March, and he’s made some telling moves by bringing in the likes of Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone from Hull.
However, the Rams have seen prized assets Will Hughes and Tom Ince leave the iPro Stadium for Premier League duo Watford and Huddersfield Town respectively, while full-back Cyrus Christie has joined fellow second tier side Middlesbrough.
Yet Rowett’s men remain linked to several possible replacements, namely Everton’s Ademola Lookman and Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, and the Derby manager is expecting the transfer window to ramp up in the coming weeks, while also confirming that many bids were in for targets.
He said: ‘We’ve got lots of offers out at the moment, lots of bids in for players, and I would expect that to really start to hot up now.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Derby supporters, who saw their quest for promotion to the Premier League begin with a 1-1 draw at Derby County last week, before seeing their Carabao Cup first round tie at Grimsby Town abandoned on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch.
They return to league action against Wolves on Saturday, but whether they’ll be any more additions at the iPro Stadium between now and then remains to be seen.
The Verdict: Derby have been linked with a whole host of players following the departures of Will Hughes and Tom Ince this summer, but as of yet haven’t brought in any attacking reinforcements.
Yet Gary Rowett’s comments indicate that it’s not through the lack of trying, and with just three weeks of the window remaining, the 43-year-old will be hoping that some of those bids turn into done deals.
The Rams showed in their draw with Sunderland last week that they are lacking that extra bit of quality in the final third – ultimately, bringing those extra one or two players could be the difference between another frustrating season at the iPro Stadium, or one that results in promotion.
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