Hull City are still hoping to sign Derby County’s highly-rated midfielder Max Bird and could use a current squad member in order to sweeten the deal, according to a report from Darren Witcoop.
Bird made his debut for the Rams back in 2017 at just 16 and has gone on to make over 150 appearances in all competitions at Pride Park, being named vice-captain last summer by interim head coach Liam Rosenior.
Now Hull boss, Rosenior wants to reunite with the player by bringing him to the MKM Stadium before the window closes and is willing to offer midfielder Ryan Woods as part of the deal, claims Witcoop.
Derbyshire Live reported earlier today that The Tigers submitted a bid for the 22-year-old which was rejected as the offer fell ‘significantly shorter’ than Derby’s valuation.
Bird has 12 months left on his contract but Derbyshire Live are also claiming that the Rams are in no rush to sell, having already sold Jason Knight to Bristol City earlier in the transfer window.
Warne needs signings
In a press conference last week, Derby County head coach Paul Warne admitted that he would ideally like ‘two or three’ more signings but acknowledged that the team’s budget was stretched [quotes via the BBC]:
“I think we’ve got it potentially in our budget to bring in at least another one or two, or spread it more thin and go three.
“If we’re getting a player in that’s better than the ones that we’ve got out here, who’s currently under contract, then you’re going to do well to get a number nine here for £200,000.
“So it’s either a free or a loan, they’re really our options.”
Selling Bird to Hull City could potentially offer some wiggle room for Warne to sign a few more players before the window shuts while Woods would fill Bird’s void – at least in terms of squad numbers.
Losing the academy graduate would be a big blow for the Rams, with the season set to start this weekend. However, Warne may need to let his star man go in order to have some financial freedom to make a more well-rounded squad.