Newcastle United and Fulham are reportedly among the clubs keen on signing 28-year-old Welsh attacker Tom Lawrence from Derby County.

According to an exclusive report by TEAMtalk, Tom Lawrence could be set to leave Derby County this year amid the Rams’ precarious financial situation. Newcastle United and Fulham are interested in signing the 28-year-old Welsh attacker, with Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers also hot on his trail.

Tom Lawrence joined Derby County from Leicester City in August 2017 and has since been one of the most important players for the Championship club. A graduate of the fabled Manchester United academy, the move to the Pride Park Stadium has helped him find stability in his career.

In a difficult season that has been marred by Derby entering administration, the 28-year-old has been a shining light, leading by example by amassing eight goals and three assists in 24 outings in the Championship. But the Rams are in a spot of bother with regard to the Welsh attacker’s long-term future, as he has entered the final six months of his contract. This situation has alerted Newcastle United and Fulham.

Newcastle United have been busy in the market in the ongoing transfer window as they look to bolster their squad sufficiently to stave off relegation. The Magpies intend to reinforce every area of the pitch, with the attacking unit partly addressed by the arrival of Chris Wood. But Newcastle could seek further offensive additions, with Dele Alli heavily linked with them.

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As for Fulham, the Cottagers have a good chance of returning to the Premier League by seeking automatic promotion. But they are in a precarious position over the long-term future of Fabio Carvalho, who has entered the final six months of his current contract and is being tailed by Liverpool.

In any case, Carvalho is highly likely to depart Craven Cottage in the summer transfer window as a free agent, leaving Fulham in need of signing a replacement. Lawrence is thus a viable target for the Londoners, who will need to fend off competition from Newcastle United and other Premier League clubs like Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Burnley.

With the race to sign Lawrence heating up, Derby County’s chances of retaining the services of their captain could be fading. But the Rams will hope that he can last till the end of the season to ensure safety before embarking on a possible Premier League adventure.

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