It has been a frustrating start to the summer transfer window for Derby County.
With financial concerns and transfer embargos issues still hanging over the club, the Rams have yet to make a senior signing this summer.
Given they only avoided relegation on the final day of last season, and having seen a number of players leave the club since then, that is something they will surely have to rectify if they are to avoid another challenging campaign this time around.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest Derby transfer stories to have emerged over the past few days, right here.
A welcome embargo lift
One boost that Derby have been given this week, centres around the terms of the club’s transfer, and one of the issues limiting their incoming business.
Having been forced to field a youth team in their FA Cup defeat Chorley last season – with their senior squad in self isolation – those young players who featured in that game had been considered as being of “professional standing”. That meant that they were being counted towards the 23 man limit imposed on the Rams when it comes to the number of players allowed in their first-team squad.
However, that is now no longer the case, with an EFL statement on Tuesday confirming that the situation surrounding those young players is now viewed as being an exceptional circumstance.
As such, those individuals will not be considered as being part of the club’s quota of players of a “professional standing” that they are allowed in their squad, reducing on of the transfer restrictions currently on the club.
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Trio set to be offered deals
Woith that issue surrounding “professional standing” now cleared up for Derby, the club can start to turn their attention to some much-needed squad recruitment.
According to the Daily Telegraph’s John Percy, the EFL will now allow Derby to make up to five signings, although permanent arrivals can only sign one-year deals, while loan agreements with other clubs for players can only last half a season.
It is thought that defenders Curtis Davies and Andre Wisdom – who both saw contracts at Pride Park expire at the end of last season – and Ravel Morrison, who has been on trial with the Rams in the past few weeks, will be the first players to be offered new contracts with the club.
Liam Delap competition
One player who Derby may find it harder to complete a deal for this summer, is Manchester City’s Liam Delap.
It was reported earlier this year that the Rams are one of several Championship clubs interested in the the 18-year-old, who has been prolific for City at youth level in recent times, also scoring against Bournemouth on his senior debut in the League Cup last season.
However, it now seems as though Derby will face even more competition for Delap, with reports from Lancs Live now revealing that Preston are interested in the teenager, as they too look to add to their attacking ranks ahead of next season.