With only a couple of weeks until the transfer window opens the footballing rumour mill is beginning to build into a crescendo of speculation. In keeping with this tradition I will be giving you my run down on the players who are being linked with a move to the Bet365. This time a player who may only be being mentioned to put pressure on Derby County:
Current Club: Ingolstadt
Possible Price – Probably less than the four million pounds Derby are asking for Grant
Anybody else interested: Southampton and Everton
Giraffe or Lemon: This season has been a Giraffe for Ingolstadt but would the Premiership jungle be a little too much for him.
Where Would He Fit In:
Initially for Grant if Derby continue to play hardball but when Butland returns would only be number two
Do We Need Him:
If Grant doesn’t join permanently then yes, both Given and Haugland have shown they are not up to the job of replacing Butland. If Grant does sign then no.
Who’s place would be under threat:
Again it all depends on the Lee Grant situation. If Grant signs then I can’t see this deal happening but if Stoke can’t reach an agreement then Grant will be the one who makes way for Nyland
Verdict: Probably more a rumour to assist in Stoke’s negotiations with Derby more than anything else but of he was to join would be an improvement at number two. The question then would be could he deputise as well as Grant has done for Butland.