Derby's odds are slashed four times in one day to sign Leeds talisman Ross McCormack

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Derby County are now favourites with SkyBet to sign Leeds United talisman Ross McCormack despite heavy interest from Newcastle United.

A bizarre twist in the Ross McCormack race saw Derby County’s odds to sign the player this summer plummet from 18/1 to 6/4 in just one day.

The fluctuations in the betting market raised a few eyebrows due to seemingly no links between the Rams and the player since prior to the play-off final.

On the face of it, Derby County would need to smash their biggest transfer fee record, perhaps even by twice the amount to land the Scotland international.

The desire on the part of McCormack to drop Leeds United, the club he captains, to join promotion favourites Derby County in itself seems uncertain.

Add to the fact, Derby County reportedly had a bid of less than £1 million rejected for their key target, George Thorne, a few days ago, it does seem even more unlikely they could look to splash six or seven times that on a striker, especially when they’re a side that don’t necessarily find it difficult to hit the back of the net. As they proved last season with their achievement of being the league’s highest scorers.

Although the scenario is very unlikely, it may pay for both sets of fans to share our reservations about these fluctuations in the betting market and treat them with an air of caution.

Stranger things have happened in football, although, in truth, this would be up there.

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