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Ipswich: Derby join race for Crooks

A major update has emerged on £1.9k-p/w ace Matt Crooks, it could lead to Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton facing a disaster in the transfer window.

What’s the talk?

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Championship side Derby County are seriously interested in a swoop for Rotherham attacking midfielder Matt Crooks this summer. Wayne Rooney has identified Crooks as a target as he looks to rebuild his Derby squad and as such, he could sanction a bid for the Englishman soon.

The report claims that Ipswich are also looking at Crooks as a potential target. Ipswich are attempting to build a squad capable of securing promotion from League One and Paul Cook believes that Crooks could improve his current team.

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Earlier this year, Crooks won the Championship Player of the Month award and pundit Don Goodman claimed that he was “flourishing” at a higher level. He told the Rotherham Advertiser:

“Crooks might not be the most well-known player in the Championship but there’s simply no doubting his effectiveness. Having made his way from the lower leagues, he is now flourishing at a higher level.

“There are fewer better sights in football than an attacking midfielder charging through on his way to scoring. Crooks made a habit of this in January.”

Fans will be gutted

Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton could be facing a disaster with this update. Derby joining the race for Crooks could be a massive blow to the Blues by dampening their chances of being able to land the forward.

This news should be gutting to Ipswich fans, as they could be about to miss out on a talented player who could be an excellent addition to their squad. Ashton would then need to scour the market in search of alternative targets, which could slow down their recruitment process.

Derby are in the Championship and this means that they can offer Crooks an immediate return to the second tier. Ipswich, meanwhile, can only offer him League One football and the prospect of a promotion push. Derby also have Rooney in charge and that could be a draw for English players due to his legendary status in this country, being the top-scorer in the national team’s history. This means that Derby could be a more attractive proposition for Crooks, which is why this news could leave Ashton facing disaster as he looks to secure such a good player.

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Which East Anglian club did Cook play for?

The £1.9k-per-week ace produced seven goals and three assists in all competitions for a struggling Rotherham side in the season just gone. Crooks averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.75 in 12 starts as an attacking midfielder as Rotherham were relegated from the Championship, which shows that he is a solid performer at that level and that he could have been influential at a step down in League One. Therefore, Ipswich fans will be gutted if they miss out on him due to Derby’s interest.

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