According to the Mail and tweeted by the reputable ‘City of Derby’ account:
The Southampton midfielder has found chances at St. Mary's pretty difficult to come by this season and has only appeared in 4 Premier League games, all from the bench.
The former Great Britain star was thought of a pivotal part of a Southampton side that won promotion, and consolidated themselves in the Premier League in the past 3 years.
The 24-year-old had endured 7 loan spells at various clubs in the football league before signing for Southampton in 2011 for a little under £1,000,000 pound from Chelsea. He made a quick impact as he played in all 46 games, as the club finished second in the Championship. The players form for Southampton and the under-21 side earned him a precious call-up to the Great Britain side for the Olympics, making 3 appearances during the tournament.
The former England manager has bought in the experienced John Eustace as a first team regular as he tries to implement a defensive midfielder to his side to allow the likes of Will Hughes, Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick to get forward, and Jack Cork seems like a great option to have for that defensive role.
Steve McClaren has been quick in the transfer market bringing in Andre Wisdom, Simon Dawkins and Kalifa Cisse already and would see the former Chelsea starlet as the crowning jewel as he looks to fine tune the side into one capable of a top six finish.
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