Derby County are interested in a move to bring Kyle Lafferty to Pride Park this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that Wayne Rooney’s side, along with a host of fellow Football League clubs, are considering a move for the out-of-contract centre-forward in the upcoming transfer window.
It is reported that West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic are the clubs who have joined the Rams in keeping a close eye on the 33-year-old ahead of a potential summer move.
Considering that Derby scored a Championship low of just 36 goals last season, the addition of a prolific striker would very much appear to be a priority for Rooney this summer. However, when looking at Lafferty’s record over the course of his career, it is clear to see that the Northern Ireland international is not the man the Rams boss should be bringing into the club.
Despite scoring eight goals over nine appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Kilmarnock last season, this rate of scoring would very much appear to be the exception rather than the rule. Lafferty has reached double figures for league goals just twice in his professional career – scoring 11 goals over 34 Serie B appearances for Palermo in 2013/14 and 12 goals in 35 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Heart of Midlothian four years later.
Furthermore, with it being reported that the £360,000-rated striker – who has previously been dubbed a “danger” to opponents by former Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson – was demanding four times the £3,000-per-week he was earning at Kilmarnock last term in order to stay on at the club this summer, his wage demands would also appear to be a problem for cash-strapped Derby.
As such, there would very much appear to be better options available for Rooney – both financially and in terms of his goal return – than Lafferty this summer, leading us to believe that a move for the veteran centre-forward would be a big mistake on the part of the Rams manager.