Marcelo Bielsa must hijack Derby’s bid to sign West Ham centre-back Reece Burke

According to reports in The Sun, Derby County have made a late attempt to sign West Ham United centre-back Reece Burke who had looked set to join Hull City in a £1.5m deal, and their Championship rivals Leeds United should hijack any deal.

What’s the word, then?

Reece Burke in action with Caleb Ekuban

Well, The Sun report that the 21-year-old had looked set to seal a move to the Tigers on Monday after a £1.5m fee was agreed with the east London outfit, with the youngster flying home from their pre-season training camp in Switzerland to complete a medical.

However, The Sun says that Rams boss Frank Lampard has made a late move to try to bring him to the iPro Stadium instead, with Burke said to be tempted to work with the former Chelsea midfielder given his Hammers connection.

The report adds that the defender is reluctantly quitting West Ham having been told by manager Manuel Pellegrini that his first-team opportunities would be limited during the upcoming season following the arrival of Issa Diop from Toulouse.

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Why should Leeds hijack any deal?

Well, while the Yorkshire outfit, whose fans can’t make their mind up about a move for a £10m striker, are yet to be busy in the summer transfer window despite the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager last month, new signings are certainly expected before the new Championship campaign kicks off, and centre-back should be a priority.

The Argentine boss only really has Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper and senior and specialist options in that position right now, and he will want to add some more quality and depth in that area ahead of what will hopefully be a successful promotion season.

The 21-year-old certainly showed during a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers last term – where he made 25 league appearances – that he is a more than able performer at this level, even if he was part of the defence that allowed Caleb Ekuban to score his one and only Championship goal in 2017/18, and he would certainly be pushing Cooper for a spot in the starting XI, or perhaps even start alongside the duo if Bielsa decides to line up with three at the back.