Derby County are keen on signing Portsmouth forward Ronan Curtis this summer, but they face competition from a host of Championship clubs.
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The Rams managed to stay in the league by the skin of their teeth this season following a dramatic final day which saw Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers relegated instead.
Wayne Rooney now has the job of rebuilding his squad, ensuring that they look towards the play-off places moving forward.
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The Latest: Curtis linked with move
One player who has been linked with a move to Pride Park is Curtis, with the Derby Telegraph reporting that the Portsmouth winger is a summer target.
Cardiff City, Reading and Blackburn Rovers are all claimed to be showing an interest in him too, which suggests that there will be a battle for his signature in the coming weeks and months.
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The Verdict: Potential shrewd addition
Portsmouth will desperately want to keep hold of Curtis, but the lure of playing in a higher division could be too much for him to turn down.
The Irishman possesses technical quality and unpredictability, a little in the mould of Jack Grealish, and he has been hailed as ‘excellent’ by his former international boss Martin O’Neill in the past.
Derby should try hard to get their man, with Curtis having the potential to bring freshness and creativity to the Rams’ attack.
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