Derby County target Jordan Willis has yet to respond to Coventry City’s contract offer, the Derby Telegraph report.
The Rams are among a host of Championship clubs linked with a move for the Coventry defender. Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Hull City have all been cited as potential suitors.
But Willis’s future remains unclear as he enters the end of his Coventry City contract. Speaking to reporters, City chief executive Dave Boddy admits the club can’t wait around too long for his answer.
The offer is still on the table but obviously as we sign players then the option probably disappears. We can’t wait for him so if we sign further players then the option might go away. I wouldn’t rule it out either way but the longer it goes on the less chance there is of it happening. Interestingly, he hasn’t signed for anyone else yet. We were led to believe that he had an offer somewhere else.
Why Derby County should target Jordan Willis:
Willis has been one of Coventry’s standout players for a few seasons now. The 24-year-old has made over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues, including 39 last term as Coventry finished 8th in League One.
Derby will be on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer. Loanee Fikayo Tomori has returned to parent club Chelsea, while Alex Pearce is set to join Millwall on a free.
Manager Frank Lampard can still count on Richard Keogh, Curtis Davies and George Evans. However, there are question marks over the latter two and a new centre-back should be a priority.
Willis is at a good age and has his best years still ahead of him. After impressing in League One, he seems ready for a crack at the Championship and on a free he represents a potential coup.
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