According to the Mirror transfer live (Jan 3; 13:06pm), Derby County have Hull City’s George Long on their radar as they look for a new goalkeeper.
The Rams are seemingly in the market for a new number one this month.
Kelle Roos was dropped from first-team duties after a succession of errors, while on-loan goalkeeper Ben Hamer is likely to return to parent club Huddersfield Town next summer.
Long has been Hull’s number one this season, starting 26 Championship games. Manager Grant McCann told the Hull Daily Mail how he has become a leader at the club.
Longy was here last season and Matty [Matt Ingram] has come in this season but Longy has taken it upon himself now where he’s becoming a leader. You can sense that now every day in the way he trains and speaks in the changing room. They’re both tremendous characters and that goes through the group.
Long has become Hull’s number one after David Marshall’s exit last summer.
The 26-year-old has helped the Tigers keep seven clean sheets this season. Among those were impressive victories at playoff rivals Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.
Derby, meanwhile, have gone nine games without a clean sheet. In their latest 2-1 win over Barnsley, Hamer was at fault for the Tykes’ goal after failing to deal with a routine save.
The Rams are also linked with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the report. However, at 33 years of age and on high wages, the Bosnian doesn’t seem a realistic target.
Long’s contract at Hull expires in 2021 with the option to extend for an extra year.