Report: Derby County linked with Conor Chaplin

Derby County reportedly want to sign Conor Chaplin of Portsmouth, also linked to Liverpool.

Portsmouth youngster Chaplin is a reported transfer target for Derby County, according to a report in the Derby Telegraph.

The 18-year-old striker has slowly been making waves in League Two this season, and made a large impact against the Rams in the League Cup earlier this season.

Coming off the substitutes bench against Paul Clement’s side, Chaplin netted a 76th minute winner at Fratton Park in the first round of the cup competition, knocking Derby out of the tournament.

Able to play anywhere across the front-line of the attack, Chaplin has now played 21 games since progressing through Derby’s academy. He has scored five goals in that time - an impressive return considering his youth and lack of experience.

His form has seen Derby stand up and take notice of Chaplin, with scouts watching the youngster in the past few weeks.

However, the Championship club are not the only side said to be watching Chaplin, with Liverpool also interested in the youngster.

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin confirmed to the News in September that Liverpool had scouts at Fratton Park to watch Chaplin. There are no indications that the Reds are ready to move for him yet, but the Telegraph report confirmed that Liverpool are still tracking him.

If Chaplin continues to rise as he has been, the interest from the higher leagues will continue to grow, and Derby will be hoping to steal in now and sign Chaplin before he hits the limelight, and even before Liverpool sign him.

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