Derby County have joined Birmingham City and Ipswich Town in the hunt to sign goalkeeper David Cornell on a free transfer this summer, Football Insider understands.

Northampton Town confirmed the release of the 29-year-old shot-stopper on Thursday, just days after the club sealed promotion to League One with a 4-0 win over Exeter City at Wembley.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that a number of teams are keen on snapping Cornell up on a free transfer, with Championship sides Derby and Birmingham both looking to bolster between the sticks.

 

Cornell played a crucial role in helping Northampton seal promotion this season, producing some of the best stats across League Two in his 34 appearances.

He also helped the Cobblers reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Keith Curle’s men managing to take Derby to a replay after a 0-0 draw.

However, he fell out of the starting XI for the final few games of the season and was on the bench for the club’s play-off matches against Cheltenham and Exeter.

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That has not stopped interest building in the former Swansea City man, with suitors viewing him as a good value capture with solid experience under his belt.

Huddersfield loanee Ben Hamer has been Phillip Cocu’s first-choice goalkeeper at Derby since November, with Kelle Roos dropping to the bench after starting the season in the side.

Meanwhile Lee Camp has been a mainstay for Birmingham this season, although his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Cornell has spent most of his playing career in League Two, with 104 fourth-tier appearances to his name.

He also featured as an unused substitute in both the Premier League and the Championship while at Swansea.

In other Derby County news, it can be REVEALED the Rams are plotting a move to sign a Sheffield Wednesday 26-year-old.

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