Derby County clear favourites to sign Andy King

Derby County clear favourites to sign Andy King

Derby County clear favourites to sign Andy King

Both SkyBet and BetVictor are indicating that Leicester City midfielder Andy King is close to a move to Derby County in the Championship.

The thirty-year-old has fallen down the rankings at the King Power over the passing years, even losing his number 10 shirt in the summer after the arrival of James Maddison from Norwich City, so it appears that his time is up. A number of Championship clubs are likely to be interested in his services, with West Brom, Nottingham Forest, Wigan Athletic, and Swansea City all given a price alongside Frank Lampard’s Derby County. Swansea City are bizarrely handed the biggest odds at 8/1 despite King spending the second half of last season at the Liberty Stadium. He’s also a Wales international so returning to his home nation would seem like a preferable option, but the call of Frank Lampard seems stronger than that of Graham Potter.

We’re expecting a lot of football fans to back him to join The Swans before the end of the window as there’s a lot of logic behind the move, but it’s understandable to be wary over why the bookmakers are currently hesitant to consider it as a likely option. The Swans are also likely to sell Jefferson Montero, Daniel James and Leroy Fer this window, with Andy King being Graham Potter’s preferred replacement for Fer.

Claude Puel has only handed a measly one appearance to Andy King this season, playing out less than twenty minutes in their shocking FA Cup defeat to Newport County in January. Bookmakers are pricing Andy King transfer odds at 8/13 to join Derby on SkyBet and 1/2 to join Derby on BetVictor. While SkyBet are providing a total of five options in the Championship, BetVictor offer another eight, as well as larger prices for remaining in the Premier League with Cardiff City, Fulham, Burnley, Huddersfield Town, or Southampton. As much as he appears to have a lot of exit routes, it seems that he’s given no option to stay at Leicester City past deadline day, with odds as high as 9/2 to remain at the King Power into February, and a price as low as 1/7 to leave.

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Frustrations for Andy King are to be expected after only playing eighteen minutes for The Foxes this season.

It’s become a trend for Derby to bring in former Premier League midfielders, with Tom Lawrence, Ikechi Anya, Joe Ledley, Tom Huddlestone, and Bradley Johnson among their ranks. Depth was attributed in the summer through Mason Mount joining on loan from Chelsea, but with Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson predominantly spending time on the wing whilst dipping into a more central position, Frank Lampard has been left with a conundrum over whether or not he needs to bring in another out-and-out central midfielder with experience in the position.

The situation at Derby County has been reported as surfacing around a handful of incomings they’re looking to make before this evening. They’re said to be keen on bringing Andy King to the East Midlands but want to assure the signing of a central defender before signing a midfielder, issuing a centre-back as their top priority. Sky sources also indicate that they need to tread carefully with Financial Fair Play (FFP) guidelines, which makes sense of their loan signings made over the summer. Past defenders that Derby have been linked to include Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu, who they’d be looking to bring in on loan, and Ethan Pinnock from Barnsley, who they’d be more likely to sign on a permanent deal. Derby’s only signing of the January transfer window so far is veteran left-back Ashley Cole, signed on a free transfer from LA Galaxy.