Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace want one of Wayne Rooney's biggest talents
The Irish Mirror have claimed that West Ham United and Crystal Palace have both joined Burnley in the race to sign Derby County playmaker Jason Knight, who continues to shine under the guidance of interim manager Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has turned things around at Derby. A poor started under Phillip Cocu saw Rooney take over as interim boss, and after 11 matches in charge, he has made the Rams much more solid in defence and begin to climb the table.
Just two goals have been conceded in their last seven games, and Knight has been a pivotal part of Rooney’s turnaround. The 19-year-old has started the last eight Championship matches, already boasting 59 in total at just 19.
His form has not gone unnoticed. West Ham, Palace and Burnley are all keen on the three-time Ireland ace. It remains to be seen how much the attacking midfielder would cost, but it is likely to be quite some fee – with his contract expiring in 2023.
Rooney is clearly a fan, as quoted by the Irish Mirror: “With Knighty, his energy, his attitude, it almost reminds me of myself when I was younger in terms of no fear. He’s got an aggression about him in terms of how he runs, how he gets about the pitch.”
TBR’s view – Knight would be a stunning signing for all three clubs
Certainly, his form in the Championship has shown he has a huge future ahead of him – one that is destined to be in the Premier League. Right now, Derby are some way away from Premier League football, so a transfer might be on Knight’s agenda.
Palace are renowned for dipping into the Championship and signing players – Ebere Eze is shining for the Eagles. West Ham have brought in Jarrod Bowen, while Burnley have an excellent domestic player bias that continues to work wonders.
All three clubs would be good options for Knight, but given the player wants to play somewhat attacking – he may find that all three are more defensive-minded. Depending on the price, Knight would improve any of the three clubs mentioned.
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