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Derby County ready to cash in on midfield ace, with Premier League clubs interested

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Derby County are ready to cash in on Will Hughes this summer, with Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion interested in handing the 22-year-old an opportunity in the Premier League, reports the Hertfordshire Mercury.

Hughes has been one of the most sought after players in English football, after he broke into the Derby first-team in 2011, but the Rams have stood firm over interest in the midfielder, keeping him at the Pride Park Stadium.

However, reports suggest Derby are now ready to let the talented youngster leave Pride Park, despite Hughes signing a new contract with the club earlier in 2017.

Watford are keen on Hughes, along with recently promoted, Brighton, who are embarking on their debut season in the Premier League.

Since breaking onto the scene in 2011, Hughes has made nearly 200 appearances for the Rams, helping the club challenge towards the top end of the Sky Bet Championship table, throughout his time with the first-team.

Injuries appear to have hampered Hughes’ development in recent years, however, the 22-year old still played a significant role for Derby in the Championship last season, making 42 appearances across all competitions.

Despite featuring regularly, Hughes failed to inspire the Rams to challenge for the play-offs, with Gary Rowett eventually leading the club to ninth in the Championship.

Derby fans… Are you expecting your club to let Hughes leave this summer? Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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