By Joe Ellis

15th May, 2022 | 10:44am

Leeds United want to sign Derby County captain Tom Lawrence

Leeds United are looking to improve their squad for next season and they’ve made Tom Lawrence a key target to do so, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old is the current Derby County captain but with the Rams in financial disarray, they are unable to negotiate any new contracts at the moment which is to the benefit of everybody else.

The Welsh international’s contract is up this summer and he looks destined to leave the club and there are a number of clubs swarming for his signature as a result.

Fellow strugglers Everton and Burnley are among those interested as are the already-relegated Norwich City and Watford and soon to be Premier League Fulham and Bournemouth.

Lawrence has notched up an impressive 11 goals this season despite Derby being relegated to League One after having 21 points deducted from their total due to their crippling financial nightmare.

Championship destroyer

Jesse Marsch can’t afford to take too much time checking out new players right now considering that we are still in the relegation zone and in big trouble of dropping down to the second tier.

Ideally, we would win these last two games and keep our Premier League status for at least another year and we can look much higher than Lawrence for our summer signings.

But if the worst happens and we do go down this season, then the Welshman might be the perfect player to bring in to fire us back up to the big time at the first time of asking.

When you look at the numbers he put up in a team that went down, and with nothing but academy graduates surrounding him, you can only imagine what he might be able to do with a competent group of players and a packed out Elland RToad to roar him on as well.

In other Leeds United news, Nohan Kenneh is one of several academy players in the senior squad to take on Brighton.