Rams miss out on Eastwood
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Derby have been knocked back by Southend in a second bid for Freddy Eastwood.
Derby County have been knocked back by Southend United in a second bid for prolific striker Freddy Eastwood.
The 22-year-old has emerged as a prime target for Rams boss Billy Davies, who wants to pair Eastwood with £1 million signing Steve Howard.
An offer earlier in the summer was rejected by The Shrimpers and the Championship newcomers have snubbed a revised bid.
Rams managing director Mike Horton confirmed the Eastwood offers had been turned down, with the club now moving on to other options.
"Billy had targeted Freddy Eastwood and Steve Howard as his front two and had been working towards that combination," Horton told the club's official website.
"In Steve Howard you have got a 30-year-old proven goalscorer, a target man, while Freddy Eastwood is a 22-year-old who has scored a lot of goals.
"Although he hasn't played at this level his record and ability suggests he can be a very good player.
"However, we have always looked at a number of options and will be continuing to do so."
Southend boss Steve Tilson, though, admits he was unaware that Derby had come back in for his star striker.
Tilson said: "I didn't know anything about a second bid, they had already made an offer a few weeks ago, but it's news to me if they've made another one."
Meanwhile, Derby remain hopeful of finalising a deal for Arsenal winger Ryan Smith, who has been mulling over a move to Pride Park.
Horton said: "We remain confident that Ryan will be joining the club."