Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town are interested in signing Northampton Town goalkeeper David Cornell, according to reports from Football Insider.
The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in League Two this season, keeping nine clean sheets and helping the Cobblers climb to sixth in the league table.
The Welshman produced a solid performance as Northampton drew 0-0 with Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, as the two sides now prepare to face off in a replay.
Cornell – who has made 100 appearances for Northampton since joining from Oldham in 2016 – clearly made an impression on Phillip Cocu, though, with the Rams now reportedly plotting a move for the shot-stopper.
Football Insider claim that Derby, Blackburn and Ipswich are interested in signing Cornell, who is out of contract at Sixfields in the summer.
This means that Northampton could be forced into selling Cornell this month, rather than letting him leave potentially on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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Derby have conceded 36 goals in 28 Championship matches this season, and the Rams could well be in the market for another goalkeeper this month with Kelle Roos and Ben Hamer struggling for form.
Ipswich, meanwhile, will be looking to bring in another goalkeeper after selling Bartosz Bialkowski to Millwall on a permanent basis on Monday.
Cornell is an excellent goalkeeper who has been key to Northampton’s success this term, and it would be a big blow to their promotion hopes if they do lose him this month.
It will be hard for his head not to be turned this month amid interest from some pretty high-profile clubs of late, and a difficult decision certainly awaits the Cobblers this week.
Kelle Roos just isn’t good enough, in my opinion, whereas Ben Hamer needs competition if he is to get better and be kept on his toes.
Whether Cornell can make the step-up to the Championship, though, remains to be seen, and some will feel that there are better options out there.