Saints launch new Higginbotham bid
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Saints have already had one bid for Higginbotham rejected, but now The Rams have admitted that they have received a new offer from The Premiership club.
A statement on Derby's official website confirmed: "Derby County officials can confirm a new approach from Southampton for Danny Higginbotham.
"The Rams are currently considering The Saints' proposal."
The Saints are looking to bolster their squad as they push for a European place and see Higginbotham as the ideal signing.
Southampton supremo Rupert Lowe admitted they were looking to add to their squad.
"We have a player in mind and have taken a view on his value and his club also have a view," said Lowe, who would not admit the target was Higginbotham.
Meanwhile, Derby have confirmed that Middlesbrough's protracted move for Malcolm Christie and Chris Riggott is nearing a conclusion.
"We're entering the final stages of negotiations and believe a resolution is near," said Derby club secretary Keith Pearson.