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Derby County have placed a £12million valuation on Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United target Will Hughes.
Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes are tracking the England Under-21 international ahead of the January transfer window.
And with Hughes continuing to impress at Derby under new manager Steve McClaren it appears only a matter of time before the 18-year-old seals a move to the top flight.
However, the Rams are adamant that their star man will not be sold on the cheap and are demanding at least £12m for his services.
According to reports Derby chief executive Sam Rush believes Hughes is worth the same amount as Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha - who left Crystal Palace this summer for an initial £10m rising to £15m.
Liverpool have scouted the Derby academy graduate extensively this season, but Arsenal and United are ready to rival them for the talented midfielder.
McClaren admits the Championship club face a battle to hold on to Hughes, recently saying: "Our job is to make sure he makes it.
"Eventually he will be too good. What we need is players coming through to replace him."