Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that they are interested in signing Aberdeen midfielder Graeme Shinnie, but insisted that a deal is “not done yet”.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that a deal for Aberdeen and Scotland midfielder Graeme Shinnie is not completed yet, despite making strong progress in their pursuit this week.
It was reported earlier this week that Derby had made strong progress in their pursuit of Shinnie after he was spotted being shown around Pride Park on Thursday. It was then reported on Friday by The Press and Journal that they had made a five-year contract offer for the 27-year-old.
However, despite the progress, Lampard said that a deal is “not done yet”.
“We have spoken to Graeme Shinnie,” Lampard told the Derby Telegraph.
“I actually get on very well with Derek McInnes, the manager at Aberdeen, so he is very aware of it. Graeme Shinnie has options, and I think we are an option hence why he was here.
“It is not done yet, so we have to wait and see but he is a player we are interested in, yes.”
Shinnie’s contract with Aberdeen is set to run out at the end of the season and it seems that he will be leaving the club in the summer. However, it is unknown where he will be starting next season.
Derby County appear to be clear favourites in the chase for Shinnie’s signature, but a number of clubs from England and Scotland have been credited with interest. Championship pair Sheffield United and Bristol City have been linked, as have Scottish Premiership duo Rangers and Hearts.