Gary Rowett: 'Derby County working hard on signings'

Gary Rowett manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Birmingham City at Portman Road on February 24, 2015
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Derby County manager Gary Rowett insists that the Championship side are "working incredibly hard" to get transfer business done this summer.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has insisted that the club are "working incredibly hard" on bringing new faces in this summer.

The Rams endured a frustrating season in the Championship last term, managing just ninth place in the league - 13 points off the playoffs - despite losing just two of their games following Rowett's appointment in mid-March.

Rowett has been frustrated in his attempts to get transfer business done this summer, meanwhile, and has thus far signed only defenders Curtis Davies and Andre Wisdom, as well as midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

"I understand at this stage that some people have the opinion that we are not doing anything or we are not trying to do anything or we think we are alright," Rowett told the Derby Telegraph. "We don't, we are and we are working incredibly hard.

"Behind the scenes in the past two months we have literally been trying to do deals every single day. Of course, they are never easy to do unless you hugely over pay.

"You can get any deal done if you pay stupid money but the reality is we don't want to do that and I don't think it is the right thing for this club to be doing that, at this moment."

Earlier today Rowett's side were reported to have had a £7m bid rejected for Leicester City winger Tom Lawrence.

Tom Lawrence the manager of Leicester City during the pre season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Leicester City at the One Call Stadium on July 25, 2015
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