Derby hit out at claims they need to sell players
DERBY County have again dismissed reports that they are cash-strapped and need to sell players.
There has been speculation that the club has to raise £1.8m in the new year.
This has led to talk of talented young midfielder being moved on or defender John Brayford being sold.
Hughes is being watched by the Premier League's biggest clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, but Derby are determined to keep hold of their highly-rated Academy product.
A report earlier this week linked Championship leaders Cardiff City with a £750,000 move for Brayford.
The right-back is another key member of Derby's team and they would need to be a rethink on the size of fee mentioned to make the story anywhere near believable.
There have been reports in recent months of the club being over-budget and of there being a need to trim the wage bill further but a senior figure on the club's board told me it was important to address the perception that the club are cash-strapped.
He said: "Going on the line of Derby County having assets and having players that other people are coveting, it is quite convenient to say 'well. of course Derby are going to need to sell because they are cash-strapped and haven't got any money'.
"Quite frankly, that is absolutely nonsense.
"Look at the facilities and the players this club has. There is absolutely no question of this club being cash-strapped.
"It is really important people realise that we will not be selling any assets cheaply because we are perceived to be cash-strapped."