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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rams seek Jeff value

Pearson wants to keep Irish star but won't sell him on the cheap

Republic of Ireland and Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick Photo: Getty
Republic of Ireland and Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick Photo: Getty

Premier League clubs have been warned by Derby County that Ireland star Jeff Hendrick will not be leaving the Rams on the cheap this summer.

The 24-year-old has attracted widespread interest after his starring role for Ireland at Euro 2016 and many Rams fans have already resigned themselves to the fact that Hendrick is unlikely to be still at the club when the Championship season kicks off next month.

Hendrick is currently on holiday after his exertions in France so discussion, on the player's part, about a move away is on hold, though there has been reported interest from Premier League sides such as Hull, Middlesbrough and Swansea.

But Rams manager Nigel Pearson has already stated his desire to keep the player at Derby and he insists that if the former St Kevin's Boys player does leave, it will be on the club's terms.

"It is part and parcel of football," Pearson said of the speculation surrounding Hendrick.

"It's something you have to deal with and and also make things very clear. Firstly, we will do whatever we can to keep hold of our best players.

"They are assets, and if you lose your assets you lose them on your own terms."

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