According to TEAMtalk, Derby County are keen on signing Rotherham United’s Will Vaulks this summer.
The Rams, however, aren’t the only club interested in the Millers midfielder. Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Sheffield United are also accredited with a strong interest.
Vaulks has enjoyed an excellent personal campaign at Rotherham. The 25-year-old netted eight goals and grabbed a further seven assists in a struggling team who eventually succumbed to relegation.
The Millers’ drop to League One will all-but certainly see Vaulks leave the New York Stadium this summer. TEAMtalk add in their report how Rotherham have already resigned themselves to losing him.
Derby County’s chances of signing Will Vaulks may depend on their Wembley success:
Derby, however, are down in the list of potential destinations unless they can secure promotion.
The Rams have been prevented from making any big signings during Frank Lampard’s debut campaign at the club due to Financial Fair Play. Derby’s success so far this season has largely been built on important loan signings Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson.
With several players out of contract this summer and tipped to leave, Lampard will be handed the task of beefing out his squad regardless of what division the Rams find themselves in. However, the size of Derby’s budget will depend entirely on what league they are playing in next term.
Owner Mel Morris has already sold Pride Park to project a healthier standing with FFP costs. A failure to beat Aston Villa at Wembley could force the club to abide by stricter future budgets.
Vaulks represents a decent target. He’s the right sort of age and may not command a huge fee. However, Norwich and the Blades can offer him Premier League football and higher wages. Cardiff, meanwhile, have parachute payments which makes them another strong competitor in the transfer market.