Report: Everton's Kieran Dowell could be heading for Derby County

Phillip Cocu of PSV (L), Marcel Brands during the training camp of PSV Eindhoven on January 6, 2016 at Paola, Malta.

Everton playmaker Kieran Dowell may head to Derby County on loan.

Kieran Dowell of England looks on during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

According to the Daily Mail, Derby County have swooped in with a move to take Everton playmaker Kieran Dowell on loan, potentially beating Huddersfield Town.

The Rams have seen Mason Mount and Harry Wilson return to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, meaning they're in the market for another playmaking addition.

Everton's Dowell looks set to go out on loan, and whilst Huddersfield looked to be leading the race, Derby are now attempting to hijack their move and bring him to Pride Park.

 

Everton just want Dowell to play first-team football in a team who play attractive football, but it's the appointment of new boss Phillip Cocu which may just strike a deal.

Cocu has a great relationship with Everton director of football Marcel Brands, having worked together in their native Netherlands at PSV Eindhoven.

The Times recently noted that Cocu is planning to take some Everton youngsters on loan, utilising those links with Brands to bolster the Derby squad.

Kieran Dowell of Everton runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Everton and Rotherham United at Goodison Park on August 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Dowell fits the bill perfectly as a replacement for Mount, and Brands will surely trust Cocu with the midfielder's development having seen his coaching style at PSV.

Huddersfield will loathe to miss out on the 21-year-old, but Brands may do Derby a massive favour by picking them over the Terriers, all because of that relationship with Cocu.

Phillip Cocu of PSV (L), Marcel Brands during the training camp of PSV Eindhoven on January 6, 2016 at Paola, Malta.

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