Reported Derby County target Luke Jephcott has signed a new two-year deal with Plymouth Argyle in a move which could put off potential suitors this summer.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a terrific campaign at Plymouth, netting 18 goals in all competitions.

Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe has spoken out on Jephcott’s form, calling the striker the hottest property in the country ahead of the January transfer window earlier this year.

According to The Sun, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City are keen.

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But the trio face missing out on him this summer after Plymouth’s official site confirmed Jephcott’s new deal until 2023.

The Wales U21 international was heading into his final campaign at the League One club.

The Lancashire Telegraph claimed Plymouth valued Jephcott at around the £5 million mark last month. Now, Argyle would have reason to hold out for even more.

Derby finished as the lowest scorers in the Championship last season.

Colin Kazim-Richards turns 35 in August. Lee Gregory has returned to Stoke City after his loan, while Martyn Waghorn is out of contract at Pride Park this summer.

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Derby must make a new striker signing a top priority ahead of next season.

But manager Wayne Rooney seemingly has limited finances to work with. Moreover, the current EFL charges may restrict the club’s movement in the market this summer.

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