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Derby County are keen to sign a new goalkeeper in the shape of former Northampton Town star David Cornell, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

If the Rams could call on some more reliable options between the sticks, then Phillip Cocu’s tenth-placed side would surely have made a better fist of challenging for the play-offs.

It is telling that only one club in the top half of the Championship, Bristol City, conceded more than Derby’s 64 goals in 2019/20.

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The East Midland giants even finished the campaign with a goal difference of minus two, largely because both Ben Hamer and the equally erratic Kelle Roos made their fair share of mistakes, infuriating fans and tossing away points like yesterday’s garbage.

It remains to be seen, however, if free agent Cornell would represent a much-needed upgrade.

The 27-year-old was one of the Football League’s most in-form shot-stoppers this season, helping Northampton seal promotion to the third-tier with yet another clean sheet in the 4-0 Wembley thrashing of Exeter City.

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Cornell will not be representing the Cobblers in League One, however.

His contract expired after that play-off final triumph and EADT claims that the former Wales U21 international is now a target for not only Derby but also Birmingham City, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Interestingly, a Swansea side who have lost star loanee Freddie Woodman are also interested.

Born in the Swansea-based village of Waunarlwydd, Cornell started his career with the South Wales outfit in 2007 and a return to familar surroundings appears to be on the cards.

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