By Harvey Byrne
Middlesbrough striker David Nugent is reportedly moving to Derby after reports stated Leeds were interested, but Whites fans on Twitter have greeted the news.
The Sun claimed in December that the 31-year-old was a target of many Championship sides, but he was looking to move to the Yorkshire giants.
However, the Sun have since reported on Sunday that second tier rivals Derby were closing in on a £3million deal for the one-time capped England international.
The reported fee has seen many Leeds fans on social media greet the fact that they are not signing the experienced player, with the supporters keen to see a younger purchase.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Carl Acton (@carlacton64) January 9, 2017
unfortunately leeds can't make any additions till he has meeting with cellino and rad this week,fletcher my choice over nugent
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket 💙💛💙💛 (@delwright21) January 9, 2017
£3m for 32 year old Nugent? No thanks.Decent player tbf but not at £3m. I'd prefer Fletcher #lufc
— Scott Reyner (@ScottReyner91) January 8, 2017
I'd rather #lufc spent £3m on a good young striker with pace then spend it on Nugent who turns 32 this summer. No loss there IMO.
— Sean (@ROI_LUFC) January 8, 2017
😂 I doubt we were after nugent anyway. Looks like monk wants a younger leaner team
— Luciano 💙💛 (@LUFCLDP1989) January 8, 2017
Probably regret saying this in March, but I'm not too fussed about missing out on Nugent…. #lufc
— EastStandUpper (@EastStandUpper) January 8, 2017
If Nugent does make the move to Pride Park then he could line-up against Leeds as early as Friday with the Yorkshire giants set to host the Rams at Elland Road.
There is little between the two clubs in the Championship currently with five points separating Garry Monk’s team in fifth and Steve McClaren’s in seventh.
This was also proven when the sides last faced each other in October with a goal from Johnny Russell proving decisive in the 1-0 victory for Derby.
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