Journalist Ryan Conway has provided an update on the future of Derby County’s pursuit of Serdar Dursun.
The 29-year-old forward, currently playing for 2 Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98, is going into the final six months of his contract with the German side. And with Turkish outlet Hurriyet claiming back in September that the Rams were interested in him, it was always possible that Wayne Rooney’s men could have come back in and made a claim for him this window.
However, as we reach deadline day, it looks as if that’s not going to be the case, and speaking on the latest edition of his show Derby Digest, Conway claimed that it was simply a case of Rooney deciding to go a different direction when it came to his men up front:
“That’s [Dursun to Derby County] gone very, very quiet, which leads me to believe that he’s probably not Rooney’s guy anymore. Rooney is going to have a big, big say in these transfers – he wouldn’t have become permanent manager if he didn’t have certain assurances. I imagine recruitment was one of them.
“The Dursun thing has gone rather quiet. And I imagine that’s because Rooney would explore other options. And perhaps he sees Dursun too much in the mould of Colin Kazim-Richards and needs a striker with a different skill set.”
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TIF Thoughts on Ryan Conway’s news regarding Serdar Dursun…
Conway’s comments here just go to show the impact that Rooney is potentially already having at the club if he can stamp his authority on moves like this that were in place long before he was officially put in charge in the dugout.
Given Dursun’s impressive record in recent seasons, you can see why a club like Derby County, who are not totally out of the relegation battle yet, would be interested in adding some firepower to their side, so it is potentially a huge gamble that’s been taken if the move is off completely.
Whether or not it turns out to be the right decision, we’ll just have to wait and see.