According to Hampshire Live, Derby County are interested in signing Southampton defender Pascal Kpohomouh on a free transfer.

It’s claimed that Kpohomouh has been told he can leave Southampton and won’t be getting a new deal when his contract ends this summer.

Middlesbrough and Stoke City are also keen though, so Derby won’t have a free run at the defender.

Milton Keynes Dons v Southampton U21  - EFL Trophy
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Pascal Kpohomouh of Southampton during the EFL Trophy match between Milton Keynes Dons and Southampton u21’s at Stadium mk on November 11, 2020 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Who is Pascal Kpohomouh?

Kpohomouh, 19, came through at Manchester City before joining Southampton on a three-year deal in 2018.

Able to play for Guinea, Kpohomouh was actually an England international at Under-17 and Under-18 levels.

 

Primarily a centre back, Kpohomouh has never played for Southampton’s first team but did play 13 times in Premier League 2 last season.

Liverpool U23 v Southampton U23: Premier League 2
KIRKBY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Tom Clayton of Liverpool U23 competing with Southampton’s Pascal Kpohomouh during the Premier League 2 match between Liverpool U23 and Southampton U23 at AXA Training Centre on November 21, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

How interested are Derby in Kpohomouh?

It’s stated that Derby have already taken Kpohomouh on trial in order to get a look at him and consider a summer deal.

He then played twice for Middlesbrough’s Under-23’s and once for Stoke, playing as a right back for the Potters.

Derby were keen enough to take Kpohomouh on trial, so he could become the latest young recruit alongside the likes of Bayo Fapetu and Luke Plange, who have arrived from Arsenal.

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