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Derby County are keen to hire Steve Cooper as Phillip Cocu’s replacement. But Swansea City are demanding a seven-fee compensation fee for their highly-rated coach, according to the Sun (22 November, page 61).

The Rams and the Swans are certainly performing at opposite ends of the spectrum – not to mention the Championship table – right now.

While a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City left a Derby side lacking a semblance of creativity and cutting edge bottom of the Championship, Swansea moved to within two points of top spot after seeing off Rotherham United.

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Cooper has done a remarkable job since replacing Graham Potter in South Wales in 2019, guiding an unfancied side into the play-offs against all odds last term.

Now, with Andre Ayew scoring regularly at one end while Ben Cabango and Marc Guehi keep goals out at the other, Swansea have emerged as genuine candidates for an automatic promotion spot.

No wonder the Swans are desperate to keep hold of a man who guided an England team containing Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho to glory at the U17 World Cup three years ago.

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The Sun reports that Derby would have to pay a substantial, seven-figure compensation fee to lure Cooper away from the Liberty Stadium.

It is no secret that Derby owner Mel Morris has been desperate to cut costs amid an unprecedented financial situation. But maybe that long-awaited takeover could give the Rams the funds they need to twist Swansea’s arm.

Player-coach Wayne Rooney is another candidate for Cocu’s job but Cooper would represent a safer, more proven option.

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