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Derby County set conditions for Tom Lawrence transfer

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Bournemouth are making progress in their pursuit of Derby County‘s Tom Lawrence. But Derby have set some conditions in order to sanction a move for the club captain.

According to The Sun reporter, Alan Nixon, Bournemouth are interested in singing the Derby County player this month. But Derby County are expecting a substantial sum of the transfer fee to be paid upfront to let Lawrence leave.

Lawrence has been one of the club’s highest wage earners but is significant in their relegation battle. Derby have been expecting enquiries for many of their players given their financial situation.

This transfer deal will put Derby County in a dilemma. On one hand, off-loading Lawrence will bring some relief to their wage bills. But at the same time, losing their most valuable player and club captain could dent their chances of survival in the Championship.

QPR are also keeping an eye on the development of Tom Lawrence’s situation. Both Bournemouth and QPR are in contact with the administration over a move for the Welsh forward.

Manager Wayne Rooney will not be thrilled about the player leaving the club mid-season. Sam Baldock, David Marshall, Dylan Williams, Jordan Brown, Graeme Shinnie and Phil Jagielka have all departed earlier this month due to the same reason.

Talking to some of the reporters recently, Wayne Rooney confirmed no player will leave without his approval. Here is what Rooney told the reporters:

I have been reassured no players will leave this club without my say so.

Players I want to stay, will stay. That is a real positive for me knowing I can keep the squad together.

I wanted to speak to them [the administrators] as soon as I could to get those reassurances because it was a massive blow to lose Phil Jagielka, and to lose Graeme Shinnie, and if it carried on I would have no squad to fulfil the fixtures other than Academy lads. I wanted reassurances, I have been given reassurances.

Will Tom Lawrence make a move away from Derby County this month?

Tom Lawrence has been brilliant for the Rams over the years. The 28-year-old has scored 8 goals and assisted 3 in 24 games for Derby this season. The Manchester United academy player moved to Derby in 2017 and has 171 games under his belt. ‘

Interest in the Welshman comes as no surprise as his performance has been outstanding for the Rams. Bournemouth and QPR are both chasing a Premier League promotion and Lawrence will significantly boost their chances.

His exit from the club will be a massive blow for Wayne Rooney who will be reluctant to let his captain leave. Considering the fact that there is less than a week remaining in this transfer window, Bournemouth and QPR have to speed things up to secure his signature.

Lawrence leaving the club month is quite possible. If the administrators receive a bid matching the Derby price tag, Lawrence may very well be on his way out of the club. This move could be lucrative for the Derby captain as well. It will be an upgrade from the relegation scrap to a promotion race.

Allowing Lawrence to move could prove to be the better option for Derby County in the long run. And if they receive the right bid, they might sell their club captain this month.

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