Rams in hunt for duo
Adam Pearson has confirmed that Derby are interested in Rob Hulse and Ferrie Bodde.
Last Updated: 05/06/08 1:06pm
Adam Pearson has confirmed that Derby are interested in Rob Hulse of Sheffield United and would still like to sign Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde.
Hulse found opportunities hard to come by last season with six other strikers at Bramall Lane, and Derby chairman Pearson is hoping the Blades will agree to let him go.
Derby have not yet made an offer for the 28-year-old but Pearson has hinted that an approach might be imminent.
"It's not beyond the realms of possibility," he told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"Rob's definitely a player that interests us. He's a player that definitely interests the manager (Paul Jewell).
"I think they're saying they want to keep him now because it puts them in a stronger position.
"But if you're sitting on seven centre forwards, the bottom line is that you have to sell some of them."
Derby set to up offer
Swansea have slapped a £2million price tag on Bodde but the Dutch midfielder has handed in a transfer request and expressed his desire to move on for a fresh challenge.
Derby have already had a bid of £500,000 rising to £750,000 turned down by the Welsh side, but Pearson insists that a deal could be pushed through.
Charlton, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Wigan and Wolves have also been linked with Bodde, but Pearson feels Bodde wants to join the Rams.
"I haven't commented to the press before on this but we keep seeing these comments coming out of South Wales which I find interesting. But anyway, it keeps us abreast of the situation if nothing else," said Pearson.
"We're aware the player has made a transfer request. We're aware from various quotes around the country that he specifically wants to come to Derby. And we specifically want him here at the club.
"Our valuation is some way short of what Swansea have put out into the press and, when we're ready to do so, we'll improve our offer but it's nice to know the player wants to come here and a committed player is always very nice to have at the club.
"He's certainly a player that we think can do a job for us."