Derby County describe John Brayford reports as 'nonsense'
DERBY County have dismissed as "nonsense" reports that they are in talks with Championship leaders Cardiff City over defender John Brayford.
Cardiff are said to be keen on the Rams' 24-year-old right-back.
They were linked with a £750,000 bid for him last week and now reports say manager Malky Mackay has been haggling over a fee and he is set to raise his offer to £1.25m.
Brayford arrived at Derby in 2010 in a joint deal with James Bailey worth around £800,000 plus add-ons.
Brayford signed a new contract in July 2011 which runs until June 2014.
Derby fans should expect plenty of speculation involving Rams' players with the January transfer window less than a week away.
Stories about Will Hughes' future have already appeared and his value is rising in each story that appears.
It was reported last week that Derby had put a £5m price tag on the talented young midfielder.
The price tag is now £10m, according to the latest reports.
A report in a national newspaper said Tottenham Hotspur are ready to launch a bid for the 17-year-old but face a face a fight with Chelsea and Fulham.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and even Barcelona have already been linked with the former Repton School pupil.
The report also suggested Derby may accept less – around £6m plus add-ons – and would be open to a move on that basis if Hughes is loaned back to Derby until May.
Hughes recently signed a new deal until the summer of 2015.