Championship outfit Hull City have submitted a bid for Derby County midfielder Max Bird and have begun talks over a permanent deal, as revealed by the Hull Daily Mail.
The Tigers have submitted a bid for the highly-rated midfielder and begun talks with the East Midlands club over a permanent switch for the 22-year-old. The club are hopeful of agreeing a fee for the midfielder, who has just one year left on his contract at Pride Park.
Liam Rosenior is believed to have made Bird his priority target this summer, with the transfer window heating up as we move into August, and Bird is also thought to be keen on linking up with his former boss. Rosenior made Bird his vice-captain when he took over as interim boss at the Rams 12 months ago, and it is clear he is a fan of the midfielder.
The Rams have already lost one midfielder, with Jason Knight moving to the Championship himself, joining Bristol City, a deal which saw Kane Wilson move to Pride Park. Because of this, despite Bird only having one year left with the Rams, it may be that the club demand a sizeable fee to try to keep hold of their player. Bird featured in 48 games for the Rams last season, his one goal for the club against Cheltenham Town was awarded as goal of the season for the club.
However, the Derby County man is not the only target that the Tigers have bid for, with the club having bid for two targets over the weekend, the other believed to be a wide player but not former Rangers winger Ryan Kent, who plays for Turkish side Fenerbanche. The club are also expected to announce the arrival of Aaron Connelly from Brighton & Hove Albion on a permanent deal and the sale of Benjamin Tetteh to Ligue 1 side Metz in the coming days.
Hull appear to have gone against their usual recruitment here, which we usually see focused in Turkey. However, Bird is a player that Rosenior knows from his own time with the Rams, and given he made him his vice-captain, it is clear he is a player that he values. The 22-year-old would add to some solid midfield options, which include Jean Michael Seri, Xavier Simons and Greg Docherty, once he returns from injury.