Derby County have set their sights on their next signing, as they look to make a move for Blackburn Rovers talent Jack Vale, according to Football Insider.
The Rams are believed to have a genuine interest in the young Welsh forward, with it believed the 22-year-old will be leaving Ewood Park on loan in a bid to see more first-team action. Vale has made 53 appearances in the Premier League 2, which is the top flight for the reserve teams, scoring 24 goals and providing 12 assists in over 3000 minutes of football. However, the East Midlands club are believed to face competition for the youngster’s signature, with fellow League One side Blackpool also credited with an interest in the forward.
The forward has seen two loan spells so far in his career, with one coming in League One with Rochdale, however, that spell did not amount to much, with just three appearances that saw 44 minutes of football played. His second loan spell came in the National League with Halifax Town, where he made 10 appearances and scored one goal. Vale’s form at under-21 level has seen him earn a spot in the first team at Blackburn, with the forward making 22 appearances for the senior side in the Championship last season, scoring two goals and providing a single assist in that run.
Derby has already been working hard on bringing in signings and are yet to spend any money in doing so, signing free agents so far, with seven signings made so far in this summer window after confirming the double signing of Conor Washington from Rotherham and Sonny Bradley from Luton Town yesterday.
However, they still need a goalscorer in their team, their prolific and top goalscorer David McGoldrick left the club at the end of his contract, despite hopes he would sign a new deal at Pride Park. However, McGoldrick opted to leave as he joined Notts County in League Two upon their return to the EFL.
Despite the club having the embargo placed upon them lifted recently, the club are yet to exchange money for a signing in the transfer market. However, that could soon be coming to an end and this could be the beginning of any transfers, with a big player sale expected in Jason Knight, who is subject of interest to numerous Championship clubs and the Rams are resigned to the fact they will not be able to retain the Irishman’s services.
The recruitment is vital if Derby County are to get out of the division at this second attempt, Vale has had a chance at League One level, but was unable to prove himself, after some experience in the Championship, which could bring a new aspect to Paul Warne’s team and could help elevate them. At this time, it seems that Blackburn does not feel that he is ready for the Championship, but does still value him, making this a deal that can benefit all parties.