Phillip Cocu’s dilemma as Rams are linked with Premier League defender


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Derby County are being linked with a January move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones.

The Sun is reporting that Jones could step down to the Championship after ‘fearing his potential move to Burnley could collapse’ and the Rams could be ready to make a move for the 28-year-old.

He is also being linked with Middlesbrough.

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SELECTION DILEMMA

Kamil Jozwiak’s return to fitness ahead of Derby County’s Championship clash against Queens Park Rangers boosts the attacking options and gives manager Phillip Cocu a dilemma.

The front three of Wayne Rooney, Tom Lawrence and Martyn Waghorn in Derby’s 3-4-3 formation gave Bournemouth problems in the first half on Saturday.

Does Cocu stick with the three or recall Jozwiak, who missed the game at the weekend due to an ankle injury? If Jozwiak returns, who makes way?

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NEW BAILOUT OFFER

The Premier League has made a new offer to bailout the English Football League, insisting that it will not allow any Championship club to go bust because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 72 clubs that make up the EFL, from the Championship, League One and League Two, had previously rejected a £50m offer from the Premier League in grants and loans to clubs in Leagues One and Two, according to a report by The Times.

The clubs in Leagues One and Two, though, rejected the offer, claiming it was divisive as it excluded clubs operating at Championship level.

Now, a new offer has been sent to the EFL from the Premier League offering the same sum of money to the lower two divisions – £20m immediately and £30m as an emergency fund – but specifically referencing financial help for any Championship club that is in troubled waters as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

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