Nottingham Forest are among a whole host of clubs looking into the signing of Derby County captain Tom Lawrence, according to TEAMtalk.
Celtic and Rangers are two of the interested parties, with Leeds and Southampton also considering a swoop.
Lawrence will see his contract at Pride Park expire next month. With Derby’s perilous financial state, they might not be in a position to offer an extension.
The skipper was in fine form during 2021/22.
It was certainly no slight on the forward that Derby suffered relegation from the Championship last season.
The Rams suffered a 21 point deduction – not that they ever mentioned it – with Lawrence scoring 11 goals and registering five assists.
At 28-years-old, the versatile forward player is at the peak of his powers and perhaps he’d be a decent freebie.
Forest will likely try to remain savvy in the transfer market regardless of the division they will be in next season.
Pinching Lawrence from Derby would certainly smart down the A52, although it remains to be seen whether or not the player would consider a move to Forest.
The player is also wanted by several Championship clubs ahead of the new season.
Chris Kirchner is about to complete his takeover of Derby and it remains a mystery whether or not that will allow them to persuade Lawrence to stay at the club.
Forest fancy signing Tom Lawrence and he could be a decent addition
Throughout his entire career, Lawrence has only made four appearances in the Premier League.
That would make him a risky addition should Forest win promotion but on a free, there are worse players that Forest could pursue.
Derby fans would be furious.
Given his substantial wages, the Rams faithful might be resigned to losing their talismanic captain.
Losing him to Forest would be unthinkable though. It would stick the seal on a thoroughly miserable campaign for the Derby supporters.
Lawrence is far too good for League One though.
With Forest, Celtic, Rangers and Leeds interested, it’s reasonable to suggest that Lawrence looks to be on his way out of Pride Park this summer.