Derby County are still in the market in their attempt to find a replacement for Tom Ince, who left for the Premier League with Huddersfield, and it appears the man they have identified to fill the void left by the winger is Tom Lawrence.
The Rams have reportedly had a £7 million bid rejected by Leicester for the player, who shone in the division last season whilst on loan with Ipswich Town.
Boss Gary Rowett must return with an offer that meets the Foxes valuation of the player, as a more effective option available on the market does simply not exist.
Lawrence is an excellent replacement for Ince, and could even operate in the role vacated by another departee, midfielder Will Hughes.
The Welsh international’s opportunities at Leicester are set to be limited once again next season, and boss Craig Shakespeare will certainly be looking to part ways with the former Manchester United youngster in the coming weeks.
Lawrence smashed 9 goals and provided a further 9 assists in a distinctly average Ipswich squad, so surrounded by the quality on offer at Pride Park, should improve on these stats should he make the move.
The 23-year-old is young enough to continue to improve, and even if Derby must break the £10 million mark to sign him, the potential sell on value combined with the player’s ability to fire the side to the Premier League will make this fee seem nominal in time.
Rowett wants the finest quality players in his squad, and promotion is the ultimate aim.
Sign Lawrence, and the Rams’ Premier League dreams will become much closer to a reality.
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