Article by Simon Long @ramswriter
The transfer window shut today for English clubs at 17:00 GMT. For Derby County it has been a historical one. They have added 9 players to their already rather enlarged squad, with only 3 players leaving.
Derby sold Andreas Weimann to fellow Championship club, Bristol City near the start of the window, for a fee believed to be around £2.5 million. Last season’s golden boot Matej Vydra was sold to Premier League outfit Burnley yesterday, for an undisclosed fee and Jamie Hanson left for League one Oxford United on deadline day.
Derby started their dealings on the 17th July; they signed attacking midfielders Mason Mount and Harry Wilson on season long loan deals, from Chelsea and Liverpool. Both players were highly sort after entities.
3 days later Derby made their first permanent signing. Winger Florian Jozefzoon joined from Brentford for a fee of around £2.5 million. Derby had to battle Leeds United for his signature and the Lampard effect was in full flow as Derby won the battle.
Derby fans had to wait nearly a week for their next signing. Last season’s League 1 top scorer Jack Marriott; arrived from Peterborough for an undisclosed fee. Striker Marriott was an interest for a lot of Championship clubs, with Derby’s rivals Nottingham Forest being one of them. Marriott was Lampard’s number one target of the summer, and after many discussions with Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony, he finally managed to land his man.
Next up, George Evans joined from Reading 5 days later again for an undisclosed fee. Evans looked set to join League 1 Sunderland and according to Sunderland owner Stewart Donald; delayed the move when he heard that Derby were interested in him. Evans is a defensive midfielder who can also play CB. Lampard knew him from Lampard’s time at Man City.
Fikayo Tomori was the next player through the doors of Pride Park. Tomori is a 20 year old CB and he joined on a season long loan from Chelsea. Lampard brought in him to give more options at CB. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and can play in the style that Lampard is looking for.
The day before deadline day, Derby brought two more new faces through the door. Striker Martyn Waghorn joined from Ipswich Town and left back Scott Malone joined from Huddersfield Town, both for undisclosed fees. Lampard was desperate to bring both players in to Derby. However, due to funding he knew he would have to be patient. Steven Pearce, Derby’s CEO said tonight at the Fan Forum that the sale of Matej Vydra was key to these transfers.
Derby’s final signing came on deadline day. 23 year old Duane Holmes. Holmes signed on a 3 year deal from League 1 Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee. Lampard was quoted in saying “He is an exciting talent and he can play in numerous attacking positions as well,” Lampard told dcfc.co.uk. “He certainly fits into the profile for us in signing players at a good age for both the present and also the future.”
As usual on deadline day there was rumours flying around. For Derby, there were rumours of; Belgain centre back, Bjorn Engels who could possibly join from Olympiacos F.C. There was also rumors of Yaya Toure, after a car was spotted in Derby with the registration YYAYA. However neither players ended up signing.
There could potentially be more ins and outs as for the EFL teams the loan window is still open until August 31st. Nick Blackman could be on his way to Sporting Gijon in spain according to the Spanish press.
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