Fulham have joined the race to sign Derby County’s Tom Lawrence.
It has been revealed by Teamtalk that the league leaders are interested in bringing in the Rams’ club captain.
Fulham are facing a battle of their own to keep Fabio Carvalho, with multiple Premier League clubs reportedly circling around the 19-year old.
Fulham see Lawrence as a replacement for the out of contract playmaker. Lawrence himself is also out of contract at the end of the season.
However, Fulham face competition for the 28-year old, with Wolves, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Newcastle all keen on the player.
Lawrence has been a key player in Derby’s recent good form. He has scored seven goals and earned three assists so far in the Championship season.
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Carvalho has also been impressive for a Fulham side that has now scored 19 goals in its last three games.
The Portuguese-born player has himself also scored seven league goals this season, with two assists to go with that.
Fulham lead the league ahead of Bournemouth. Marco Silva’s side are five points clear of the Cherries and have won their last three games 7-0. 6-2 and 6-2.
Up next is a trip to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City on January 22.
Lawrence has proven himself with Derby to be able to perform well at this level. The Wales international has also competed on the European stage with his country and maintained a decent standard.
This would be a shrewd move from Fulham, to replace an out of contract player with another.
While Carvalho has youth on his side and it would be preferable to keep him in the team, Lawrence would make for an able replacement.
Given Derby’s current financial position, there is even every chance that they could bring him into the club this window, if they can beat those Premier League clubs to his signature.