Report: Hibernian hoping to fend off Derby interest by handing Jason Cummings new contract

The 20-year-old's current deal has 18 months left to run.

Hibernian are hoping that they can convince star striker Jason Cummings to ignore interest from elsewhere and sign a new contract at Easter Road, The Scottish Sun reports.

Derby County are the latest side to be linked with a move for the 20-year-old (via The Scottish Sun), while the Rams' Championship rivals Burnley, Brighton, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday have also previously been rumoured to be interested in bringing the forward to England (via Daily Mail).

With several sides apparently keen on a deal, Hibs are hoping that Cummings - who has 18 months left on his contract - will pledge his future to Alan Stubbs' side by signing a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2019 (via The Scottish Sun). 

Cummings extending his stay with the club will be a major boost as they look to book their return to the Scottish Premiership. Hibs are currently third in the table, but are just three points behind league leaders Rangers. 

And with the striker in such scintillating form this term - with 12 goals in 19 league outings - Stubbs will know that keeping hold of him will have a huge say as to whether Hibs manage to secure promotion at the end of the campaign. 

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