Steve McClaren denies Derby interest in Southampton-linked Edwin Gyasi

Edwin Gyasi was linked with Derby County and Southampton earlier this week.

Gyasi played for FC Twente in the same year Steve McClaren led the Enschede club to the Eredivisie title.

He made 13 appearances, scoring one goal, for McClaren’s title winners, before leaving for current club Heracles Almelo. However, the 23-year-old winger has struggled to make an impact with Heraclieden, making just two league games during his season-and-a-half stay.

He is reportedly keen on leaving the Eredivisie, and the youngster has been linked with moves to Premier League side Southampton and Championship side Derby County. Aside form working with current Rams boss McClaren whilst with Twente, Gyasi also came through the AZ Alkmaar academy whilst Saints coach Ronald Koeman was managing the Dutch side.

He also has a further link with the Rams, having spent a trial spell with the Midlands club in 2011, failing to earn a contract after appearing in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Sheffield United.

Whilst many would suspect Derby would have the greater chance of signing the youngster due to his most in-form spell as a player coming whilst under the tutelage of McClaren, the former England boss has dismissed reports linking him to his former winger, telling the Derby Telegraph that it is nothing but ‘speculation’.

This hands the Saints a boost in the race for the youngster, and a deal to bring him to England could be on the cards for January, with Gyasi keen on leaving Heracles at the earliest possible opportunity.

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