Did Steve McClaren inadvertently hint at the price Derby County would sell Tom Ince for?

Derby County's Tom Ince looks dejected after a missed chance

Derby County manager Steve McClaren responds to Tom Ince exit rumours.

Speaking to reporters during his pre-match press conference, Rams boss Steve McClaren responded to rumours linking Tom Ince with an exit from the club, as quoted by the club's official website.

The 24-year-old forward is the subject of reported interest from Newcastle United, with the Magpies considering an £8 million bid for him, according to the Sun.

Ince has been very important to Derby this season, and has chipped in with eight goals and three assists during the 24 Championship games in which he has played.

Norwich City's Russell Martin in action with Derby County's Tom InceDerby County's Tom Ince in action

And McClaren, who returned to the iPro Stadium in October, responded to a question asking him whether he would be prepared to sell Ince, as quoted by DCFC.co.uk:

"£8m might get Tom's right foot, at the the present moment. We will treat that speculation with that comment. Tom has got great ability – he can score and assist. He should be a Premier League player. He has had opportunities and you have seen the fight he has. He wants to get back there."

Derby's Tom Ince celebrates at full timeDerby's Tom Ince 

McClaren has worked wonders since his return to the club, and has taken them to seventh in the Championship table, just two points adrift of the play-off spots.

And surely he will want to keep his best players, at all costs, in order for his side to stand the best chance possible of gaining promotion to the Premier League this season.

Derby face a huge game tonight as they travel to Elland Road to take on promotion rivals Leeds United.

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