Derby County are interested in taking Birmingham City’s only summer signing Kristian Pedersen on loan after the EFL refused to register the 23-year-old left-back, according to the Daily Mirror’s transfer liveblog (July 28, 23:40).
The report says that the Football League are refusing to register any new Blues players and that means that Pedersen has signed a four-year deal with a club who cannot name him in their starting lineup in a competitive game.
That has reportedly encouraged new Rams boss Frank Lampard that he could engineer the left-back’s swift departure from St Andrew’s with a loan swoop.
The report says that Pedersen is happy to be at St Andrew’s but if he is unable to be registered, it will force his hand and make him consider a switch to join Lampard’s Rams revolution.
At the moment, the EFL’s refusal to register Birmingham’s players is being treated as a minor roadblock and neither Monk or Pedersen appear to be panicking.
However, if he did make the move to Derby, it would prove that Birmingham have accepted that he cannot be registered and make the hopes very bleak for getting any new signings on board before the season starts.
Monk’s demeanour in public has been very relaxed when referring to the transfer issues but Pedersen’s instant departure – to a divisional rival, no less – would underline that the Blues’ transfer dealings are in genuine crisis.