According to The Telegraph journalist John Percy, Derby County are set to complete the signing of Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell on loan for the 2019/20 season, beating Championship opposition to his signature.
We reported here on The72 earlier this week that Derby County had joined Championship pair Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic in the pursuit for Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell, who had been made available on loan by Toffees boss Marco Silva.
Now, Dowell’s move to Derby County is set to be confirmed, with respected journalist John Percy revealing that Dowell has jetted to join up with the Rams’ pre-season tour squad in Florida, completing a medical with his new side.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 11, 2019
Dowell becomes the first signing of the Phillip Cocu era at Pride Park, with the former Barcelona midfielder using his links with Everton in the early stages of his managerial career in England.
The England youth international spent the 2017/18 season on loan with Nottingham Forest, where he scored 10 goals and provided five assists in 43 games across all competitions. He spent the second half of last season on loan with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in his 12 games for the club, netting twice and providing one assist along the way.
Dowell will come into the Rams midfield to fill the gap left by Mason Mount, who spent the 2018/19 season on loan with the club under Frank Lampard, impressing in the middle of the park as Derby made their way to the Championship play-off final.
Now, with Dowell in the middle of the park at Cocu at the helm, the club will be hoping to go one better this season as they look for a promotion fight once again.