Derby County could have the opportunity to sign Motherwell ace Jake Hastie for a mere £300,000 this summer, according to The Express.

Derby are named among several clubs such as Rangers, Celtic and Middlesbrough interested in Hastie. The Motherwell winger’s contract expires in the summer; therefore, the club are only to receive a development fee.

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The Rams, should they remain in the Championship for next season, will have to be diligent in the transfer market. The club’s financial position means they can’t go about spending big sums similar to previous years.

Hastie has shown huge promise up in Scotland. Signing him for the reported figures would make perfect sense after Rams manager Frank Lampard dropped a hint to the Derby Telegraph over potential summer transfer dealings.

Financially, as I knew when I took the job last summer, we are in a position now where it is not going to be as it was previous years when bringing in lots of players on big contracts. We have to work in a slightly different way with youth, with how we work in the transfer market, so that’s a tough.

How Derby County have had success signing young players on the cheap:

Derby have shown this season how you can sign top quality players without spending huge fees.

Duane Holmes arrived for a reported £700,000 fee from Scunthorpe United. The 24-year-old American has surpassed most fans’ expectations, becoming a regular first-teamer since the New Year.

Prior to big-money spent on the likes of Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield, Derby had success buying young, hungry players for smaller fees. Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell are further examples of players arriving from obscurity only to fit right in at Championship level. They more than played their part in Derby’s 2013/14 promotion bid.

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Hastie has been a revelation for Well since a loan spell at Alloa Athletic. The 20-year-old has netted seven goals in 13 games and can play on either wing. With Derby needing to sign natural wide men this summer, they should be jumping all over this opportunity.

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