Fulham confirm interest in Derby's Will Hughes

Will Hughes: On Fulham's radar

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed his interest in Derby County starlet Will Hughes.

A host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been strongly linked with the impressive 17-year-old midfielder.

Jol admits that he is keen on the Derby man, but says most of the Premier League are also monitoring the situation.

"Believe me, there is probably 10 clubs in the Barclays Premier League having a look at him," the Dutchman said.

"He is one of these wonderful talents so he is always on lists. If you have a good scouting system, he will always be on the list but we will see."

Fulham have been left short in central midfield following the summer departures of Mousa Dembele, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.

With Mahamadou Diarra soon to head off to the African Cup of Nations with Mali, there have also been suggestions Fulham could move for Inter Milan's McDonald Mariga.

"I could easily say I don't know him but he is the brother of the Celtic boy [Victor Wanyama]" Jol said.

"He is an interesting player but I have to be honest and say we're not looking at him. We did a couple of years ago."