Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly amongst a handful of clubs interested in signing Derby County captain Tom Lawrence as the January transfer window approaches its final week.
According to TEAMTalk, Bruno Lage’s side are keen on bringing the Welsh winger to Molineux before the window slams shut, with the likes of Brighton, Burnley, Newcastle and Fulham also interested.
Despite all of Derby County’s off-field struggles this season, the Rams skipper has had an impressive campaign so far, netting eight goals and contributing three assists in 24 Championship appearances.
Wayne Rooney’s side look destined for relegation to League One this season, which could prove a factor in the 28-year-old’s potential departure.
Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Welshman could prove to be a bargain for Wolves, as well as provide Derby with some much-needed funds.
With winger Adama Traore looking increasingly more likely to swap Wolves for Tottenham this window, Lage could certainly do with an extra option on the flank.
Predominantly a left-sided winger, Lawrence hasn’t played in the English top-flight since the 2014/15 season when with Leicester City but has bags of experience in the Championship, playing 230 second-tier matches since 2015, including a play-off final with Derby in 2019.
Moreover, the 28-year-old has already surpassed his appearance tally from last season this campaign and has almost tripled his goals tally; he has certainly stepped up to the challenge this term and led by example.
Labelled as “bright” by former Derby correspondent for The Athletic Ryan Conway, the Welshman certainly has quality that Wolves could certainly do with.
According to SofaScore, Lawrence currently averages 2.8 shots per game whilst maintaining an 83% passing accuracy. The Welshman’s defensive contribution has been decent too, making a tackle per game as well as 0.6 interceptions and clearances.
Wolves haven’t been blessed with goals from out wide this season, with the potentially departing Traore the West Midlands outfit’s only winger who has scored in the Premier League this term.
Daniel Podence has been prolific in cup competitions, scoring four goals across the EFL Cup and FA Cup, whilst Francisco Trincao’s only goal in amber and gold came in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest.
However, Lawrence could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for a low fee that gives Lage another option, until the end of the campaign at least.