Derby County could now keep hold of Max Bird this summer.

That’s according to HullLive, who have reported that Hull City may be forced to end their pursuit of their midfielder after he suffered an injury during the Rams’ defeat to Oxford United.

The Tigers have been tracking Bird ahead of transfer deadline day and were said to be confident about sealing a deal this week after already seeing two bids rejected for his signature.

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The ‘fantastic’ 22-year-old had opened his campaign in brilliant fashion, picking up two assists in three matches. However, reports had claimed he was eager to make the move to Hull this summer.

Liam Rosenior was in attendance at his former club to watch Bird, but his interest in the Derby County academy graduate may have already ended after he limped off at the end of the game.

It’s unclear how long Bird will be sidelined for, however Paul Warne’s comments didn’t sound very promising.

Speaking after the defeat, the Rams boss said: “I went on to the pitch at the end to speak with Birdy and he wouldn’t speak because he was in that much pain. Hopefully he will be absolutely fine but the early signs are, he will not.”

Will Derby County keep Max Bird this summer?

Derby County have been very eager to keep hold of Max Bird beyond transfer deadline day and this could prevent his departure – albeit not a very nice situation for the club.

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The Rams certainly don’t want to see their star man sidelined for a long period of time, but it would be surprising to see Hull City make a further bid or his signature if he is facing a spell out of action.

However, if the Rams keep hold of Bird then they could instead face losing him for free at the end of the season – unless they can achieve promotion back to the Championship and he decides to sign a new deal.

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