Sun journalist Alan Nixon has offered an update on the situation surrounding Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn, a target for a couple of Championship clubs.
Waghorn has been the subject of intense interest this week, with Frank Lampard’s Derby County seemingly out in front for the £8m striker. They’re thought to be in advanced negotiations with the former Rangers man.
Nixon believes that Sheffield United are still in the hunt, responding to a question on Twitter he refused to rule out a Blades switch claiming that manager Chris Wilder was ‘playing the game’.
Wilder had previously stated that his side had been ‘priced out’ of a move for Waghorn after his asking price went up to between £8m and £10m.
He told Sky Sports News: “If the club are looking for £8m to £10m that is not our valuation but it is obviously their prerogative – he is their player.”
Waghorn joined Ipswich from Rangers one year ago for a fee thought to be around £1m, but 16 Championship goals has seen his valuation rocket this summer.
Is Waghorn worth £8m of anyone’s money? One year ago he wasn’t worth a fraction of that, but 16 goals later he’s set to net Ipswich a tidy profit.
Derby still have Matej Vydra to move on, but Sheffield United are cash rich having recently sold David Brooks, so they may yet have an advantage when it comes to moving quickly.
If Wilder is playing the game though, he needs to hurry up and take his turn because the Derby deal seems almost complete.