Highly rated Derby County midfielder Will Hughes is yet to be the subject of a transfer bid this summer, which has surprised us at the Football Transfer Tavern, as reported by Sky Sports.
County manager Nigel Clough has confirmed that no approach has been made yet, but he expects to be on the phone to admirers before the end of the transfer window in just over two weeks’ time.
Manchester City and rivals Manchester United are both big admirers of the England under-21 international who has been tipped to be the future of the England national side’s midfield.
Arsenal were also keen to add the youngster to their squad, but boss Arsene Wenger is now under pressure to buy more established stars after a miserable pre-season and start to the campaign.
It is likely that any move for Hughes would involve him staying at Pride Park for the season, much like United’s deal with Crystal Palace for winger Wilfried Zaha last time out.
United are the favourites to sign the 18 year old with David Moyes a big believer of giving youth a chance and planning long term ambitions for his side.
Clough admitted that he would love to keep Hughes in the midlands for as long as possible, but they couldn’t deny their star man a move to top of European football at such a young age.
“There’s been no official approach from anyone, but as the window starts to close it might intensify,” Clough said.