DERBY County fans have responded to the latest speculation surrounding Will Hughes by saying that £6 million is not enough for the club’s prize asset.
A national newspaper reported yesterday that Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign the 18-year-old midfielder.
The figure quoted was £6m, which is likely to be below Derby’s valuation of the England Under-21 international, but the Burton Mail understands that no bids have been received.
Scouts from Premier League clubs have been watching Hughes’ progress since he broke into Derby’s first team.
And Rams fans posting on Twitter believe the player is worth more than £6m.
“£6m ... no thanks,” said @whiteylado, while @fakejoelclyne tweeted: “I’d be wanting more than £6m for Hughes.”
A tweet by @stephen_dcfc said: “£6m is laughable. Even if they (Liverpool) do end up bidding that we won’t accept, surely.”
Other tweets included @BirchyN85: “It’s just a matter of when, not if. When Hughes does go I’d like to think Derby will play hardball and get the bulk of money up front.”
@benatom1 said: “Of the top six clubs, I reckon Liverpool would best fit Will’s style.”
Other comments came from @paul72, who said: “£6m, no chance. £10m is the absolute minimum. In a couple of years he will be playing for England.”
@SalfordRam said: “He’s worth more than £6m but if we do sell him, we should get him back on loan.”
DERBY County defender James O’Connor – one of seven players transfer-listed by the Rams at the end of last season – is training with Bristol City, with a view to a permanent move.