Derby County have been dealt a blow in their bid to keep Martyn Waghorn at Pride Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that, despite Wayne Rooney’s side offering the 31-year-old a new contract, there has been little to no progress made in talks with the centre-forward.
The report goes on to reveal that the situation with Andre Wisdom and Curtis Davies is the same, and with the players’ current deals set to expire in just a matter of weeks, should the Rams fail to make a breakthrough in their respective talks, the club look likely to lose the services of the trio this summer.
With Derby fans having watched their club endure a rather disastrous Championship campaign on the pitch last season, in addition to seeing two separate takeover attempts fall through and their club being placed under a transfer embargo, the news that the Rams could be set to lose the player who almost single-handedly saved the club from relegation last term is sure to come as further concerning news for the Pride Park faithful.
Indeed, on the final day of the Championship season, Wayne Rooney’s side lined up against Sheffield Wednesday knowing that a win for their opponents would see their side relegated to the third tier of English football.
And, despite having had a relatively poor season, Waghorn stepped up to the mantle when it mattered most for Derby, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the 3-3 draw against the Owls, with the £7.9k-per-week striker’s efforts seeing him earn a SofaScore match rating of 8.1 in the fixture – the highest rating received by a player from either side on the day.
As such, with Rooney undoubtedly hoping to build a side that is capable of much more than scraping survival in their upcoming Championship campaign, retaining the man whom Mark Warburton previously dubbed a “tremendous” player would very much seem to go a long way in helping the Rams achieve this feat.
However, with no progress seemingly made in the 31-year-old’s contract talks as yet, time is quickly running out for Derby to get a deal over the line and that should be a huge concern for the club’s loyal supporters.