There have been few, if any, more impressive Derby County players over the past 12 months than 19-year-old Jason Knight.
The teenager has been ever-present for the Rams, slotting in wherever needed in midfield, and has so often been central to what success they have had.
You’d understand then if the prospect of losing the Republic of Ireland international was a frightening one for the Pride Park faithful, with both Crystal Palace and West Ham United linked in the current window.
According to the Irish Mirror, the Premier League duo have joined Burnley in a tug of war for Knight and hold serious ambitions of signing the 19-year-old, meaning a bidding war could take place as the window wears on.
The new long-term deal that the midfielder signed last January, which keeps him at Derby until 2023, had seemed to put them in a strong negotiating position but it seems recent financial issues could mean they’re forced to cash in on him this month.
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It was reported yesterday that following continued delays over a potential takeover, the Rams have serious financial problems and have been unable to pay their players fully for December.
Amid suggestions that the threat of administration is very real, the Sun has claimed that the Pride Park outfit have alerted other clubs that players such as Knight and Louie Sibley could be sold as they look to solve their recent issues.
You’d imagine that will leave the chasing clubs licking their lips, while Derby and their fans will be hoping an alternative method to raise the money needed can be found.
It is understood that the Rams are keen to secure another loan from MSD UK Holdings, while it was suggested earlier in the week that Sheikh Khaled’s potential takeover was finally set to be completed.