Derby County: Kieran Maguire discusses potential transfer situation

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Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has been sharing his thoughts on Derby County’s current financial issues and how they could impact potential future transfers. 

This comes after Maguire co-hosted a recent edition of The Price of Football Podcast, where he predominantly discussed the latest situation at the club after it was revealed they look set to go into administration.

After the club recently released a statement saying that “the club, the ultimate holding company of the group, and all of the subsidiary companies have filed notices of intention to appoint administrators”, Maguire was asked what this could mean for potential transfers at the club and offered his take on the situation.

He said: “The only thing that they can do is reach an agreement in advance to sell players in the January window, I think. I don’t know the intricacies of this, but you would hope that the EFL would try to assist the administrators in this particular task.

“Now, here we’ve got a double-edged sword. Most of the players that they’ve signed this summer are players who, shall we say, are not in the first flush of their careers and also they tend to be on one-year contracts, so you’re not going to get anything for them.

“They might have some young players coming through, so that’s where we stand. But of course, if you sell off your best players, that’s not going to help Wayne Rooney.”

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Taking into account how Derby were cleared in July to sign new players for the current Championship season after the EFL altered its rules due to “exceptional circumstances” caused by the club’s virus outbreak last season whilst under a transfer embargo, it’s safe to say their transfer situation hasn’t been particularly straightforward in recent months.

The recent summer transfer window saw the Rams sign players on free transfers such as Ravel Morrison, Sam Baldock, Phil Jagielka, Richard Stearman and Ryan Allsop.

Moving forward, with the January transfer window on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what situation the club is in at that point financially and what they are able to do in regards to signing or selling players.

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Looking ahead even further to the next summer transfer window, the fact that Derby have a significant number of players on contracts set to run out next year, as Maguire mentioned with the players that joined on one-year deals, there could be a lot of players moving on if the club’s situation doesn’t improve.

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