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David Sullivan may seal West Ham United’s next-generation midfield unit with the January transfer of highly skilled Derby County talent Jason Knight.
Which is the word?
According to the Irish mirror, Knight is at the center of a three-way Premier League battle in the winter sales with Burnley, Crystal Palace and the Irons all serious about reaching a deal.
David Moyes and Roy Hodgson each have the 19-year-old on their short lists for midseason reinforcements, while Sean Dyche’s Clarets have already expressed interest in a move.
Should West Ham rival Derby’s Knight in January?
Yes he would be perfect
No it’s not good enough
Derby would expect a bidding war to break out this month with Knight under contract at Pride Park through 2023, while his continued rise has seen his shares skyrocket this season with interim head coach Wayne Rooney as a huge fan.
Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny also holds Knight in high regard following his last call-up to the senior team in October and impressed in clashes with Wales and Bulgaria, even though he was initially destined for a role in the Sub 21.
Knight has started 21 of his 22 Championship appearances so far this season and he proved to be creative and highly versatile, scoring two goals in eight outings in an offensive midfield role along with minutes on each wing and in a defensive engine room capacity.
Mark Noble 2.0
West Ham winning the emerging race for Knight’s services could see Sullivan secure Moyes his next Mark Noble and seal the Irons’ next-generation midfield unit by tying the 19-year-old to a long-term contract at London. Stadium.
Moyes must lose Noble this summer when his £ 50,000 per week contract expires, and he doesn’t seem ready to renew terms with Mr. West Ham playing solo 223 minutes of the Premier League so far this season as Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek lock deep roles.
But Knight could be the one to come along and deliver the level of competition Noble can no longer bring after having shown incredible potential with Derby, where teenage talent rips through the field intensely harassing opponents like a rare bright spot from a game. steamy Rams season.
Knight’s energetic approach has seen him earn rave reviews from those in the Derby ranks, including first team coach Justin Walker, who compares the 5-foot-8 master to Manchester United’s great Roy Keane.
“There is 100 percent Roy Keane in him,” Walker said. Athletic. “I started at Forest when I was a kid, so I had first-hand experience from Roy. I watched him develop at a similar age to Jason when he joined Forest’s team. It is not a lazy comparison, there are some compositions there. But it all comes down to self-control and motivation. “
Knight has brought more than energy to Pride Park this season, with the 19-year-old a box-to-box threat creating 0.6 shots and 0.6 key balls per championship game this season along with 1.1 successful tackles, 0.8 dribbles and 5.3 games. won, by SofaScore.
And in other news, David Moyes must consider a drastic U-turn on a West Ham ‘monster’ with a £ 18 million rating.