The agent of reported Derby County target Ronan Curtis has talked up a summer move away from Portsmouth contrary to Danny Cowley’s recent comments, The News report.

Curtis has been in stunning form this season, posting ten goals and seven assists.

The Republic of Ireland winger’s form has attracted plenty of interest, with The News citing Derby, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City are clubs keen to sign him.

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Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley told The News two weeks ago how Curtis’s future was 100% with the south coast club, rubbishing reports of a potential summer move.

But the winger’s agent has now dismissed those comments, telling reporters how Curtis is ready to move to a team higher up following Portsmouth’s failed promotion attempt.

“He wants to play in as high a league as he can, like any player. Every player needs to be playing at the highest level they can – and I definitely think Ronan’s worthy of that. Ronan has served his time well here and wants to keep on developing. For a transfer to happen, it has to be the right deal for the buying club, the right deal for the selling club, and the right deal for the player – and the right place for the player,” Omid Arbabamin explained.

Portsmouth looked set to reach the League One playoffs, but a final day home defeat to Accrington Stanley saw Oxford United leapfrog them and claim sixth spot.

The failure to secure promotion to the Championship leaves Pompey vulnerable.

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Curtis has since added fuel to a potential transfer, removing Portsmouth FC from his Twitter Bio and replacing it with ‘Irish footballer’, according to Lancashire Live.

Derby have desperately lacked a creative player with such qualities this past season.

The Rams finished as the lowest scorers in the Championship, and boss Wayne Rooney must look to rectify that this summer to avoid another struggle at Pride Park next term.

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