Derby County was given permission to start talks with their former loanee Kasey Palmer yesterday evening.
Palmer spent the second half of last season on loan with the Rams but failed to nail down a starting berth in the team. This was said to be because Matej Vydra liked to play the attacking midfield role just behind the front striker and it worked well for Derby as Vydra claimed the golden boot for the most goals during the 2018-19 season.
With rumours of the imminent departure of Vydra to Leeds United, the attacking midfielder role would need filling and Frank Lampard now sees Palmer as the man for that role. Palmer also has connections with former Chelsea youth team boss Jody, Morris. Morris is now the Rams chief coach and assistant manager to Lampard and would relish taking one of his former charges to Derby.
The Rams squad is currently out in Tenerife, enjoying the sun and fitting in training and bonding for the season ahead but Lampard will be kept in touch with his former club (Chelsea) and the availability of Palmer. It is unknown at the moment if Derby would be looking to loan for the season or take Palmer on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, Derby has sold Austrian International midfielder, Andreas Weimann, to Bristol City for £2m yesterday, leaving more space in the midfield area if Derby were to interest Palmer in a return to Pride Park.