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Derby County to authorize £8 million transfer for Jason Knight

Jason Knight, Six Sports

Derby County administration is set to sanction the sale of Derby midfielder Jason Knight in the January transfer window. With the club in turmoil, administrators are looking for ways to gain some financial stability as they are yet to find new owners.

The Times report that Jason Knight is on the verge of departing the distressed Championship side this month. The youngster has reportedly attracted interest from several Premier League clubs.

Leeds United, Burnley, and Newcastle United are all said to be interested in the Derby midfielder. The report further states that Derby have placed a price tag of around £8 million for the Irish midfielder.

The player has informed the club of his desire to stay and help the club avoid relegation. But Derby needs to offload some of their finer talents or face the risk of further points deductions. Phil Jagielka and Graham Shinnie have also recently departed the club for a cut-price fee due to the crisis at the club.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney has done exceedingly well at the club since his arrival. Despite the 21 point penalty, Rooney has still somehow managed to keep the boat afloat and give the Rams a tiny chance at survival. Here is what Wayne Rooney had to say about the player departures via Derbyshire Live:

My relationship with the players is built on trust and honesty. I can’t look them in the eye, where we are at at the minute, and give them anything, really, only just prepare them and get them ready [for matches].

Any decisions made like [Graham] Shinnie, for instance, will be through the administrators. I want to keep all the players.

I saw a report saying I told the players that they could leave, which is not the case. Maybe that has been misinterpreted.

Jason Knight, Six Sports

Jason Knight’s Derby County story

Jason Knight joined Derby County’s youth academy in 2017. The player burst onto the scene when he made his first-team debut in May 2019 against Huddersfield. Since then, Knight has cemented his place in the heart of the Derby County midfield.

The Dublin-born midfielder recently made his 100th appearance for the Rams in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United. Knight has featured 20 times for Derby this season, scoring two goals and setting up two.

Knight received his first cap for his National side on October 14th, 2020 against Finland. He has made 9 appearances for the Irish national side.

Knight still has 18 months left on his contract that can keep him at the club till the summer of 2023. But the talented youngster might part ways with the club before fulfilling his contract. The administration is likely to sell the midfielder if any potential buyers table an offer of around £8 million.

The 20-year-old Irish midfielder has become a vital part of Wayne Rooney’s set-up and will be a huge miss in the club’s relegation defense. Derby currently sits second from the bottom of the table with 14 points. They are slowly getting up the points table. Only time can tell whether they would survive the relegation scrap.

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