According to a recent report from Football Insider, Derby County are keen on Hull City left-back Callum Elder which may interest Arsenal in their pursuit of Lee Buchanan.
The Rams head into the summer with Mel Morris looking to sell the club.
Derby narrowly avoided relegation to League One. Off the field, the Rams have seen two failed takeover bids in the past six months while EFL charges still hang over the club.
The one shining light at Pride Park seems to be the club’s thriving academy.
Young talents such as Max Bird, Louie Sibley, Jason Knight and Lee Buchanan have become regulars in the first-team while the next age group shows similar promise.
The club’s situation, however, may mean one or two could depart Derby this summer.
According to the Daily Mail earlier this month, Arsenal are keen on Buchanan. The Gunners presumably are looking at him as backup to Kieran Tierney.
Buchanan broke through this past season. The England U21 international impressed, with Wayne Rooney dubbing him one of the best young left-backs in the country.
The 20-year-old has also reportedly attracted interest from West Ham United.
But if Arsenal are serious in their interest, their chances of signing him for a potentially bargain fee may have increased with Derby reportedly keen on Hull’s Callum Elder.
Elder made 45 appearances for Hull last season as The Tigers won League One. The former Australia U20 international has entered the final year of his contract.
It seems strange as to why Derby would be keen on Elder with Craig Forsyth also an option, unless the Rams were eyeing him as a left-back replacement.
A recent report from The Sun suggested Derby’s financial situation could see them sell one of their young stars, and Buchanan is no doubt a potential leading candidate.
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