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    Everton to rival Liverpool for Derby sensation Will Hughes

    LIVERPOOL face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton in the race to land Derby star Will Hughes, after both clubs dispatched scouts to watch the midfielder in action according to the Express

    Liverpool are leading the chase for Hughes, and are expected to make another bid for the 18-year-old in January after targeting him during the summer transfer window.

    However, Brendan Rodgers faces a threat from Roberto Martinez for Hughes, with the Everton boss sending two scouts to watch him star for the Rams against Bolton.

    Derby earned a 2-2 draw at the Reebok, with Hughes contributing an assist before limping off in the second half.

    Hughes has already been compared with Reds captain Steven Gerrard, and Liverpool are keeping a close eye on his progress this season.

    But the England Under-21 international will not come cheap, with Derby boss Nigel Clough insisting the Championship outfit want more than £6million for their prized asset.

    “Would it be more than £6million? Yes, I think it is fair to say that,” Clough said last month. “We just think it is going to be a very, very substantial figure to tempt him away.”

    Everton were linked with Hughes in January, but it’s thought a bid closer to £10m would be what it would take to get Derby’s prize asset.

     

    Think Will Hughes would be a great bit of business for the blues?  Should this be the strategy for Everton going forward?  Have your say at www.theevertonforum.com

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