Kit Symons delighted with speculation surrounding Derby interest in Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack warming up for Leeds United

Fulham boss Kit Symons is happy to see Derby linked with a move to sign Ross McCormack.

Fulham manager Kit Symons told Get West London that he's actually happy to see Derby County linked with his star striker Ross McCormack.

McCormack, 28, joined Fulham for a fee believed to be in the region of £11m last summer, leaving Leeds United after hitting 58 goals in 154 games.

Even after his superb goalscoring record at Elland Road, the alleged £11m fee was deemed excessive by many, for a player who had never played higher than the Championship.

With 12 goals and nine assists to his name this season, the Scot has actually got close to living up to that price tag, and has been impressive despite Fulham's poor position in the Championship league table.

Now though, McCormack is already being linked with a move away from Craven Cottage after the Daily Mail reported that Derby County wanted to sign him on loan.

Derby have seen Chris Martin and Darren Bent suffer injuries recently, meaning Steve McClaren's men need a striker on loan to try and guarantee promotion back to the Premier League a run of three games without a win.

Usually, managers would try to warn clubs off bids for their star players - but in a bizarre interview with Get West London, Fulham boss Symons says he's actually glad to hear of Derby's reported interest in McCormack.

"If there is speculation it gives players a bit of a boost, really - and I'm sure that's the case for Ross," said Symons. "It makes them feel wanted. Certainly, Ross is very wanted here. He's never mentioned it, and he's been the same in training and for games, and long may it continue."

Fulham are hovering eight points above the relegation zone, and with ten games to play, they aren't quite safe yet - and will surely need McCormack in the squad to ensure they don't suffer a second consecutive relegation.

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