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Reports linking Derby County and Swansea City with Joe Pigott have come as no surprise to AFC Wimbledon boss Glyn Hodges, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

To say everything is up in the air at Pride Park would be an understatement.

The Championship’s bottom club are hardly the first to sack an under-fire manager during the international break. However, Phillip Cocu’s departure has coincided with a potential change of ownership too.

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So it remains to be seen whether Derby’s interest in Pigott, as reported by TEAMtalk last week, will survive the transition from one era to another.

The report adds that Swansea, Birmingham, Huddersfield Town and Bristol City are also keen on Wimbledon’s in-form vice-captain – not that Hodges is surprised to see his star man in the gossip columns.

“Joe is a big player for us and he’s enjoying having the armband and leading the group. He’s leading the team,” the Dons boss says.

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“When your centre-forward scores it’s good for everybody. When he scored 18 goals for us in the 2018-19 season to help us stay up there was a lot of (interest from other clubs) that summer.

“Performances like he puts in attract publicity. We’re not thinking about that, we’re just happy at the way things are going.”

Pigott has produced five goals and four assists in ten League One games for Wimbledon this term, putting his 6ft 2in frame to good use while becoming one of the division’s most effective target men.

Interestingly, Cocu is a coach who tends to build his attack around an old-school number nine, a la Chris Martin or Luuk de Jong.

Was Derby’s interest purely down to the now-departed Dutchman?

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