Derby County Stand Firm In Transfer Saga

Derby County have stood firm and turned down several offers for defender Eiran Cashin, as revealed by Darren Witcoop via Twitter.

Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly had several offers for the Irish defender turned down by League One side Derby County. Championship side Norwich City are also said to be keen on the defender, but the club insist that Cashin is going nowhere.

The Canaries were linked with a move in January for Paul Warne’s star defender following his standout performances in the club’s promotion push. However, Warne was quick to shut down rumours that the club had made a move to sign Cashin. In May, Witcoop reported that the Rams faced a battle to keep hold of the defender this summer, and Norwich were once again credited with an interest in the 21-year-old.

The Rams have already lost one star this window, with Jason Knight joining Championship side Bristol City. And another has been linked with a departure to Hull City, the Tigers seeing a bid for Max Bird rejected by the League One club. The club have not enjoyed the start to the season they were hoping for going in. Two successive defeats saw manager Paul Warne blame the transfer window for their poor start, claiming his players had ‘had their heads turned elsewhere’ by potential suitors.

Brighton will have a significant number of options in the transfer market when it comes to signings, given their Premier League status and European qualification. But the side have opted to pursue a deal for the League One defender, with the Rams adamant they will not sell. And a sizeable transfer fee would not be surprising here, with the Seagulls having lost Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool and Moises Caicedo’s departure to Chelsea looking likely also.

The 21-year-old defender was recently highlighted by The Athletic as ‘one to watch’ and described as an ‘old school centre back with a rare gift’. The Irish youth international has featured 74 times for the Rams, making his full debut against Peterborough United in February 2022. Cashin has also made four appearances for the Republic of Ireland’s under-21 side.

Writer’s View

Cashin is an extremely capable defender with a lot of talent, and it would be no surprise to see him plying his trade in the top flight one day. However, that day could be soon if Brighton continue to pursue a move. It may be that the club have no option but to step out of his way and allow the move to happen.



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