Derby County transfer target Jordan Willis appears to have left Coventry City, the Coventry Telegraph report.

The report claims the central defender has failed to show up to the Sky Blues’ pre-season program. Willis’s contract expires at the end of June, and he has set his sights on a Championship move.

Derby have been cited with an interest in the Coventry captain, according to the Coventry Telegraph. Bristol City, Luton Town, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday make up a list of Championship competitors.

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Why Derby County should move for Jordan Willis:

The Rams must sign another centre-back or two this summer. Frank Lampard’s side are short after they opted against extending Alex Pearce’s contract. Fikayo Tomori, meanwhile, returned to parent club Chelsea after his successful loan deal.

Richard Keogh, Curtis Davies and George Evans are currently the only senior central defenders on Derby’s books. And the latter is predominantly a holding midfielder, while Davies turns 35 next March.

Willis would represent an excellent option. The 24-year-old has plenty of experience having played over 200 games for Coventry. He is available on a free transfer, and he has his best years ahead of him.

Derby shouldn’t wait around and potentially miss out on a realistic and sensible target. However, the situation regarding Frank Lampard and his future at the club may be putting potential transfers on hold.

The Rams have granted Lampard permission to talk to Chelsea over the vacant managerial spot at Stamford Bridge. It will be a blow to lose the 41-year-old, but few could blame him should he move to the Blues.

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Derby can only focus on the Championship campaign ahead and the defence isn’t the only area which needs strengthening. At least six new players must be added this summer for the Rams to have a realistic shot at promotion.

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