No transfer request from Waghorn, with Town ready to play hardball with Derby

Martyn Waghorn was an unsued substitute in Tuesday night's 1-0 friendly win at MK Dons. Photo: Pagep

Martyn Waghorn was an unsued substitute in Tuesday night's 1-0 friendly win at MK Dons. Photo: Pagepix

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans will play hardball with Derby County regarding their interest in Martyn Waghorn, with no formal transfer request having been made by the striker.

The Daily Mail reported last night that the Rams were in ‘advanced negotiations’ with the Blues regarding a deal ‘worth a total of £8m’ and that the 28-year-old had ‘expressed a desire’ to join Frank Lampard in the East Midlands.

We understand that Waghorn, an unused substitute in last night’s 1-0 friendly win at MK Dons, has not made a formal transfer request.

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It’s also understood that Derby’s firm enquiry – which has not yet turned into a formal bid – has included talk of the deal being heavily clause based and that’s something that Evans is not prepared to entertain.

Ultimately, every player has a price, but the Blues would only cash in on last season’s 16-goal top-scorer if it provided significant up-front funds for Paul Hurst to strengthen his threadbare squad before the window (for permanent transfers) shuts on August 9.

Town have already turned down a £5m bid for Waghorn from Sheffield United, with Blades boss Chris Wilder last night saying: “If the club (Ipswich) are looking for £8 to £10 million that is not our valuation but it is obviously their prerogative – he is their player.

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“We talked about it and that is where we are at. If it moves, it moves. If not, we will move on. It is such a tough market to deal in.”

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It’s understood that Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough remain interested in the 28-year-old.

Derby, who have already signed Florian Jozefzoon, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson this summer, could announce the £6m signing of ex-Town academy striker Jack Marriott from League One side Peterborough United later today.

The Derby Telegraph reports that Lampard would want Waghorn in addition to Marriott, but a deal for the Blues striker could be dependent on moving on at least one of their current crop of high-earning strikers.

Matej Vydra has been linked with a £10m+ move to Leeds all summer, while Chris Martin, David Nugent and Cameron Jerome are all available for transfer.

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It’s understood the Blues have not enquired about any kind of swap deal.

As it stands, Waghorn is expected to be part of Ipswich Town’s Open Day at Portman Road tomorrow, where he will sign autographs and be part of a public training session, and be in the squad for Saturday’s final pre-season game at home against West Ham.