Liverpool lead £15m 'auction' for England U21 star

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Derby County are ready to sell Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Will Hughes in a £15million January auction, reports the Daily Star.

The England U21 international midfielder has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, with a host of the Premier League's biggest clubs all vying for the midfielder's signature.

Rams boss Steve McClaren has already been told that he must sell Hughes in order to help clear the Championship club's debt, and he'll hope to use the widespread interest in the 18-year-old as a vehicle to drive up his value.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have tracked the youngster for the past two years, and remains keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager David Moyes also tracked Hughes during his time at Everton, and retains an interest in his services after taking over at Old Trafford.

However, both Arsenal and Manchester United look likely to miss out on the in-demand player, with self-proclaimed Liverpool fan Hughes already making clear his desire to swap Pride Park for Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers will be pleased to have the upper hand, and negotiations between Derby and Liverpool are believed to have already taken place, with Hughes set to be loaned back to the Midlands club for the rest of 2013/14.

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