The Daily Star is reporting today that Derby County midfielder Will Hughes wants to join Liverpool in the January transfer if Derby decide to sell him.
It is expected that Derby will sell the 18-year old as current manager Steve McClaren said that Hughes was “too good” to remain at Derby.
The report goes on to say that Derby will try kickoff an auction for the sale of Hughes where there are several clubs besides Liverpool such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton who are interested in capturing his signature. £15million is the fee being suggested for Hughes which is a lot of money to spend on a young player who has never played in the Premier League. Derby are in a financial crisis and need as much cash as they can and selling off their prized asset in Hughes would be a quick solution for them.
It is interesting to note that Hughes would prefer to join Liverpool ahead of Manchester United, we have to take advantage of such and capture this young player who is being dubbed the future of English football. However, the £15million fee may prove to be too much for the Reds as I do not believe that is a fair reflection of the player.
Young English players are being sold for a premium and Liverpool have had their fingers burnt in the past by overspending on English talent. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing come to mind. It could be another costly blunder if the Reds spend £15million on Hughes.
The Daily Star is however adamant that Liverpool will sign Hughes in January but the player will remain at Derby for the rest of the season. Which may not be a bad move for both parties as I am sure Hughes will not be ready to walk straight into the first team in January and he could do with a few more games for Derby whereby he gets regular games.