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Key transfer update emerges on Derby County player

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Derby County midfielder Jason Knight is certain to leave Pride Park during the summer following their relegation to League One, as per a report from Independent.ie.

The 21-year-old has been a key cog in the Rams’ machine this term, recording two goals and three assists in 34 league appearances as he’s played a big part in the second-tier side’s brave fight for survival.

But following their late loss against Queens Park Rangers and Reading’s remarkable comeback against Swansea City, it’s no longer possible for his side to make up the deficit with Wayne Rooney’s men officially being relegated to the third tier of English football.

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Departures of some of their most prized assets are likely to come with that with the East Midlands outfit needing to adapt to life in League One – and Knight is one man who will be one of the favourites to move on after establishing himself as a versatile operator at his current side.

As per The Times back in January, he was almost certain to be sold on then with Burnley, Leeds United and Newcastle United thought to have been pursuing his signature, but it looks as though his time at Pride Park will be up in the summer.

According to the Independent.ie report, a whole host of Premier League and Championship clubs are monitoring his situation in the Midlands ahead of a potential summer move, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023.

The Verdict:

Considering his contract expires next summer, it would make sense to cash in on him now because although he may want to remain under the guidance of Rooney, the latter’s future isn’t exactly certain either.

It’s a shame because the Irishman has been a brave performer this term, stepping up as one of the more experienced members of the squad despite only being 21 himself and proving his worth for much of the campaign.

Knight and Max Bird are the types of players Rooney will want to build his squad around after seeing both show such maturity in the face of adversity this season – but a top-tier or second-tier move may be hard to resist for the 21-year-old.

Moving down to the third tier may go on to harm his international prospects as well so that’s something that needs to be considered, though he also needs to guarantee himself game time and this is why a second-tier move may suit him at this point.

However, the presence of Rooney is one factor that could potentially keep him in the East Midlands, so hopes of him staying shouldn’t disintegrate just yet with an uncertain few months to come.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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