Derby County are set to launch a move to sign Hearts star John Souttar, according to a report, after the Scotland international was linked with a move to Rangers.
TeamTalk reports that Frank Lampard’s side are said to be in “pole position” to sign Souttar but the £5million fee is a problem for the Gers.
Souttar has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring one goal, and is reported to be on Steven Gerrard’s list of summer targets.
Derby have been interested in Souttar before, with previous manager Steve McLaren confirming that he had watched the player against the Gers.
The Rams are currently under a ‘soft’ transfer embargo which could hinder their chances of signing Souttar – although it isn’t likely to be a huge issue for them.
Any move will likely depend on which league County are playing their football next season, although, at the fee reported by TeamTalk, they likely won’t have any competition to sign him regardless.
With a Scottish Cup final to come for Hearts next month, Souttar will be hoping to avoid any distractions and put in some impressive performances.
At £5million, that’s simply far too much for Souttar and if that’s what Derby are willing to pay for the defender then it’ll make sense for Rangers to back off.