Hull City are targeting a move for Derby County midfielder Jacob Butterfield, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

The 28 year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Pride Park and could be offered an escape route by the Tigers.

Hull boss Nigel Adkins is keen on bringing in some reinforcements to his squad in the January transfer window and is plotting a move for Butterfield, who is yet to feature for the Rams this season under Frank Lampard.

Butterfield spent last season on loan at second tier side Sheffield Wednesday and played 21 times for the Owls in all competitions.

He has plenty of experience of playing in the Championship and would be a decent option for the Tigers.

Butterfield, who has played over 300 games so far in his career, started out as a youngster at Manchester United before switching to Barnsley in 2007. He went onto play 100 times for the Tykes before he was snapped up by Norwich City in 2012.

He played just three games for the Canaries and was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace. Middlesbrough then signed him on a permanent deal and he spent a season at the Riverside before moving again to Huddersfield Town.

Butterfield was a key player for the Terriers in the Championship and impressed in his season-and-a-half there prior to being signed by Derby for a fee of around £5 million in September 2015. He has since featured 89 times for the Pride Park club, but could now be on his way to East Yorkshire.


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