Derby County could miss out on a summer move for Sheffield Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson, according to The Athletic journalist Ryan Conway.
The Rams were labelled with interest in Dawson earlier in the season after seeing the likes of Kelle Roos struggle with form.
Dawson, who will see his current contract expire at Wednesday in the summer – struggled for playing time at the start of the season, but he has featured more of late, making 14 appearances.
Despite Derby’s interest before the January transfer window opened, Conway has claimed that Phillip Cocu’s side were not prepared to make a cut price move in January, but instead wait for his contract to expire in June.
That may have now back fired on Derby as Dawson gains more playing time with the Owls, and a whole host of Championship clubs continue to monitor his situation.
Another Derby target. No move was ever going to be made in January was my understanding but they were interested in making a move for him in the summer when Dawson became out of contract.
Still a possibility of course, but now he’s getting games for Wednesday it feels unlikely. https://t.co/10qoDjB9c6
— Ryan Conway (@RJConway92) January 14, 2020
Further to Conway’s claims, news has since emerged that Sheffield Wednesday have opened talks over a new deal for the shot stopper.
— The Star SWFC (@TheStarOwls) January 14, 2020
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A missed opportunity for Derby, but Cocu may have other options available to him. Dawson has been at Wednesday since 2013 so a new contract did seem inevitable given interest from elsewhere in the Championship.
Cocu’s interest in a new keeper has been less heard of late, but Derby do need to strengthen in every area of their squad – and if not in January, you have to think that the summer will see a new number one arrive.