Derby County are believed to be interested in signing Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton this summer, as Wayne Rooney eyes up some late additions.
The Lowdown: Key week at Pride Park
It has been an up-and-down start to the season for the Rams, with Rooney’s side picking up five points from their opening four Championship matches.
Derby have a week left to sign players, with next Tuesday’s deadline day edging closer all the time and the squad still desperately short of any real semblance of depth.
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The Latest: Derby keen on Walton signing
According to Football Insider sources, the Rams are in the race to sign Walton in the coming days, seeing him as someone who could provide more quality competition within the squad.
The 25-year-old’s current deal runs out at the end of this season, meaning Brighton may be willing to let him leave this summer.
Derby are one of a number of clubs keen on acquiring Walton’s signature, with the likes of Norwich City and Nottingham Forest also in the mix.
The Verdict: Solid addition for Rams?
Walton may not necessarily be a big-name signing, but he could be someone who gives Rooney a strong extra option between the sticks.
He has made 156 appearances in the Football League, including 83 games in the Championship, proving his experience and suggesting that he would be a safe pair of hands.
Given Walton’s contract situation, Derby could also get a good deal for him, acting as a further positive if they wish to sell him on for profit in the future.
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