CONOR SAMMON could leave the Rams and become a Seagull as Brighton have expressed an interest in a loan deal for the Derby County striker.
The Ireland international has two years left on his contract at Derby but he has fallen out of favour this season and has not started a league game since he was substituted at half time in a 4-4 draw on October 1st.
New Rams boss Steve McClaren has kept Sammon in his plans and has regularly used him as a sub, and Sammon earned the manager's praise after he came off the bench to score the winner against Middlesbrough last month.
But since the arrival of Patrick Bamford – a current England U21 cap who is still being pursued by the FAI – on loan from Chelsea, Sammon has been pushed further down the pecking order.
And Brighton, who are currently just one place off the play-off zone in the Championship, are keen to add to their squad for a crucial stage of the season ahead, and have expressed an interest in a move for Sammon, initially on loan.
IRELAND U21 captain Shane Duffy believes that he can use his loan spell at Championship side Yeovil Town to make an impression on Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
Everton sent Duffy out on loan to the Glovers earlier this season and Martinez last week sanctioned the extension of that deal.
"They (Everton) are watching every game. They're telling me they're happy for me to stay here because I am learning in every game and we are defending a lot in every game. It's no harm for me to stay here. I'm loving it and I can't disagree with them," he said.
DON'S IN TOWN
LONGFORD TOWN have confirmed that striker Don Cowan has rejoined the club after a spell across the water.
Cowan secured a move from Longford to Stevenage in 2010 and went on to have spells with Dundee and Southend United but he opted to leave Stevenage two months ago and return home. He held talks with Dundalk and Bohemians, but now Longford boss Tony Cousins has persuaded him to return to the midlands.
– AIDAN FITZMAURICE