Derby County could move for John Terry this summer – but only if Curtis Davies leaves.
According to The Mirror, new Derby manager Frank Lampard will make a move for free agent Terry if Davies departs.
Lampard wants to keep Davies after he stood out in Derby’s defence last season, but given their financial restrictions, owner Mel Morris might sanction a move away if a team meets his £3m price tag.
Although Lampard plans to have Davies as his captain next season, Stoke City have a strong interest in the 33-year-old, who only joined last summer from Hull City.
Gary Rowett wants to sign Davies for the second time after leaving Derby to join Stoke this summer and he will be armed with a sizeable budget given the parachute payments and the inevitable sales of star players.
If the 6ft 2in defender joins Rowett at Stoke, the transfer fee could bankroll a move for Terry.
The 37-year-old earned £60,000-per-week at Aston Villa and he played 36 games for them last season as they lost in the play-off final.
Due to Villa’s financial restrictions, Terry has already left and he may re-join former Chelsea and England team-mate Lampard at Pride Park.
The links make sense due to the existing relationship between Lampard and Terry but this move does not make financial sense.
Davies and Terry both have solid years but the former is four years younger than Terry and earning a lot less.
With lucrative deals from the MLS and China already on the plate for Terry, cash-strapped Derby would have to break the bank to sign him and they could look elsewhere for their targets.
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