Derby County boss Phillip Cocu says he considers Harry Wilson to be a ‘great player’. A return to the club is unlikely, however.

The BBC claim that Derby County lead the race for Harry Wilson – but no one seems to have told Phillip Cocu. The Derby boss gave his verdict on the player but says a return is ‘unlikely’.

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“First of all, he is a great player, fantastic left foot, can play on the wing or as a striker but I think it will be very complicated to get him in the circumstances we are in at the moment at the club,” Cocu said, per WalesOnline. “I don’t think that will happen.

“It would be great if we had the luxury. Unfortunately, we don’t and that is why it is very unlikely at this stage. Maybe things will change, and maybe it can be different, but at this time and the situation, it is very unlikely.”

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Wilson was previously at Derby, of course. He spent the 18/19 campaign there, working under Frank Lampard. And he was successful, too. Wilson bagged 18 goals from midfield in all competitions as the Rams made the playoffs.

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That form earned him a step up to the Premier League last season and a return must be tempting. The BBC say Wilson is open to dropping down again and Derby may be at the top of that list.

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Cocu doesn’t make it sound likely, though. Liverpool would likely trust that club above any others in the Championship when it came to developing their player but only with the right deal.

And going by Cocu’s words, that deal doesn’t sound possible, let alone likely. Liverpool may need to look elsewhere before tomorrow’s domestic transfer deadline, then.

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