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Update emerges on Derby County star amid Leeds United, Newcastle links

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Derby County midfielder Jason Knight wants to remain at Pride Park despite attracting Premier League interest recently, according to journalist Dean Jones who provided this update to Give Me Sport.

As per a report from The Times last Sunday, the Rams were ready to cash in on the Republic of Ireland international as they continue to suffer financial difficulties, yet to name a preferred bidder as they look to force their way out of administration.

The same outlet also states that Burnley, Leeds United and Newcastle are all interested in the 20-year-old, who has reportedly been valued at £8m as one of the East Midlands side’s most valuable assets.

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Knight has been an exceptional and versatile operator for Wayne Rooney’s men this term, missing the start of the season through injury after being involved in a challenge with the Manchester United legend but fitting back in seamlessly as he’s played both in the middle of the park and out wide.

Making 19 appearances and recording four goal contributions in the process, he has been a vital figure in midfield as one of the more experienced players in the team despite his young age, and would be a huge miss if he was to leave with Graeme Shinnie also departing the club for Wigan Athletic this month.

However, Derby fans could be set for a huge boost with journalist Jones outlining the Irishman’s clear stance on his future at Pride Park.

He said: “Knight doesn’t actually want to leave Derby right now.

“So, even though it’s a good move for him, while Rooney’s there, I think he’s quite enjoying it.”

The Verdict:

The advantages of having Rooney at their disposal, not only in terms of attracting players to the club but also retaining key assets, cannot be underestimated and the latter is particularly important with the club currently under a transfer embargo.

It remains to be seen whether they will be forced into a sale with financial uncertainty continuing to hinder them – but they are potentially expected to have funding in place by the weekend and this would be a huge boost in terms of preventing further departures.

However, getting a takeover done and dusted will be crucial in getting some of their most important assets tied down for the long term, because this Derby team certainly has great potential with the youngsters coming through.

Luke Plange and Liam Thompson have both stepped up at an incredibly difficult time in the club’s history – but have remained professional on the pitch and shown maturity beyond their years.

This can only benefit them in the future – but along with the likes of Max Bird, Lee Buchanan and Knight – they can only continue to make an impact at Pride Park if there are extensions on offer. Keeping hold of these assets could be defining for the club and their fortunes in the coming years.

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