Greek media outlet Sportime has suggested that Derby County are interested in bringing Belgian International Bjorn Engels from Olympiacos in the Greek Super League to the Championship today.
Brentford supposedly had contacted the Greek side about securing a deal for the centre-back and were looking to wrap up a deal before the close of business today when the transfer window shuts at 5pm, but it appears Derby County have joined the race to sign the defender.
Engels is an impressive centre-half and at just 23, he has 96 professional appearances across his time with Club Brugge and Olympiacos; but most remarkably 14 goals from the centre of defence, which is incredibly unusual.
Engels goalscoring heroics are somewhat similar in nature with Middlesbrough’s centre-half Aden Flint who is renowned for his goalscoring exploits, drawing cross-comparisons between the two players in front of goal as both towering, commanding centre-backs.
Frank Lampard has brought in a number of players into his Derby County side this summer and after the sale of Matej Vydra to Premier League Burnley, his transfer kitty has been somewhat topped up, allowing the club to bring in Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich Town and Scott Malone from Huddersfield in a surprise deal, that took place last night.
Lampard has supposedly spoken to Engels on the phone himself about a potential move from Greece to Derbyshire and if his status as a player has played any part in convincing the Belgian defender to debate making a move to the Championship, the International may choose to snub a move to Brentford over a transfer to join up with Frank Lampard’s Derby County at the iPro.