JOHN Brayford may leave Derby County this summer, although the future of team-mate Craig Bryson looks more promising.
Both players, who have impressed since joining the Rams, are out of contract next summer, and have attracted attention from other clubs.
There was much speculation that Brayford would join Premier League new boys Cardiff City in the January transfer window, although nothing materialised, while West Ham United are also rumoured to be interested.
Bryson has been a key figure in the past two seasons, and manager Nigel Clough says contract talks are close to being concluded.
However, the former Burton Albion boss admitted that Brayford’s head might be turned by a desire to test himself at the highest level.
MEANWHILE, Derby’s Richard Keogh, Conor Sammon and Jeff Hendrick have been named in the Republic of Ireland’s preliminary squad for their upcoming friendly matches against England and Georgia.
The Rams trio have been called up by Giovanni Trapattoni for the matches at Wembley on Wednesday, May 29 and for the visit of Georgia to the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 2.
Defender and team captain keogh, midfielder Hendrick and striker Sammon all made their international debuts in the 2-0 win against Poland back in February.