According to The Mirror, Frank Lampard will only try to sign close friend John Terry for Derby County, if they lose current key central defender Curtis Davies. Ex-Rams boss and now Stoke manager Gary Rowett is a huge fan of Davies.
Rowett is monitoring the situation with particular interest. He signed Davies from Hull this time last season for a cut price £500,000 fee. Derby would get much more than that if he is to be sold now, but Stoke are seemingly prepared to make such a bid. Lampard therefore may look to his former team mate Terry to potentially fill that void.
37-year-old Terry is without a club himself after exiting Aston Villa, who are struggling financially after losing to Fulham in the Championship play-off final. The fact he has a season’s worth of experience at this level would make him an even bigger asset too. With Rowett given big funds to mount a promotion push for Stoke, he has targeted Davies as one of his transfer priorities. Derby would probably only sell for the right price however, and aren’t necessarily actively looking to push him out of the club, in order to then sign Terry, who realistically would only play for another season.
Davies was ever present last season as Derby reached the play-offs, only to be defeated by Fulham 2-1 on aggregate at the semi-final stage. Lampard wishes to keep him on board, but Davies himself may be tempted to try his luck at promotion with Stoke, given their financial pull and the chance to work with Rowett again. Terry has offers from elsewhere, so Derby would need to be quick if they indeed wanted to snap up the former Chelsea and England skipper.