Derby County is reported to be lining up £14 million bid for Bristol City player Jonathan Kodija, despite having just splashed £8 million to get Matej Vydra this summer.

The prospects of putting up the signings in Paul Trollope’s 5-3-2 formation seem exciting. The signings are sure to make the Championship a two tiered division financially, particularly as parachute payments are set to end for Cardiff. Cardiff are reported to be set o leave the top tier football division.

The additions to Derby are exciting, not just because of the huge sums involved but of the likely change in the formation. For some seasons, the squad has been using the 4-3-3 formation, with Nigel Peterson not ready for the change. The system leaves room for only Chris Martin as striker, even though he is one of the finest players outside the Premier League.

In the reserves, there’s Darren Bent, talented Red Devils youngster James Wilson, and £3 million signing Nick Blackma. The combined transfer fees are up to £50 million. Also, there’s Andreas Weimann, Tom Ince, Johnny Russell, and Abdoul Camara which Cardiff have to deal with.

The end of parachute payments means limited cash coming in for the team to boost the squad, meaning more problems for Cardiff. Derby and Brighton have had ample fans turn for their weekly games. Also, both clubs have local owners who are willing and passionate to invest in the business.

Cardiff would not be able to get Marquee singings with the revenue shortfall. Vincent Tan reiterated his commitment to reduce the debts of the club at the start of the season. He mentioned that he hoped to take Cardiff to the Premier League but they would have to do it in a commercially clever manner in light of the situation.