The Athletic’s Ryan Conway believes that big moves will only happen for Derby County if the proposed takeover of the club goes through.
The club have been rumoured to go through a change of ownership for some time now, and Conway claims that only if it goes through in time will the club be able to bring in the likes of Phil Jones, who they have been recently linked with.
Speaking on the latest issue of The Derby Digest following their victory over Birmingham City, Conway pointed to the fact that a lot of what The Rams do during the January transfer window will be dictated by whether or not new investment can come in.
“Even in the loan market, you still have to cut your cloth accordingly. If Derby are serious about getting Phil Jones, that can only happen if the takeover happens, because his wages will be massive, you can’t foot those wages. Loans, I imagine, will be the route to go down if they don’t have a completed takeover, but even that has layers to it as well.”
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So whilst takeovers might be brought in to change the long-term strategy of the club, it looks as if the takeover could also have a serious effect on the short-term future of the club as well if it looks set to dictate what is going on in the upcoming window.
Because it’s ultimately going to change where the club can look. At the moment it looks as if they’re aiming quite high taking players from Manchester United near the top of the Premier League, but if things don’t go as planned then they may need to look a little bit lower on the pecking order.
And given how close Derby are to the bottom of the table, they could use all the quality they can get, so they’ll be hoping they don’t have to look in the bargain bins this January.